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Spiritual Growth Through Friendships

January 20 2015
January 20 2015

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At the Last Supper, Jesus gave the disciples a final set of instructions before the cross. His message was simple, “love one another as I have loved you … no longer do I call you servants … I call you friends.” Jesus has called us his friends. This is one remarkable result of his great and sacrificial love for us. And, since we are friends of God, it only makes sense that our friendships with one another would be deeply affected.

At Redeemer, we desire to make friendships a core part of what it means to be a Christian. We experience the delight of friends. We see and learn from our friends. We feel the love and concern of friends when we struggle. The Christian life cannot be fully lived without these relationships.

Community Groups are the primary way that Redeemer is fostering that kind of friendship experience. In short, CGs at Redeemer are small fellowships of twelve to twenty people meeting in homes, apartments and restaurants throughout San Antonio. It’s the first place we hope our people turn to for applying the Gospel to their lives. They are at the heart of building community, and therefore, they are more than just Bible study groups or prayer groups. They are groups where God is at work transforming us and our friends by his grace.

This is especially true when you are new to a church. This spring is a great time to consider joining a CG. If you wait until you have lots of friends at Redeemer to join a CG, you’ll find yourself perpetually on the fringe. The only way to get connected is to jump right in … so, come on, the water’s fine!

CG’s come in all shapes and sizes. To look for a CG, check out our interactive map. You can email a leader directly to determine if the group is a good fit. You may also talk to Benjie Slaton for help finding the CG that is right for you.


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