Decatur Bible Church uses Home Groups as focal points for fostering Biblical Fellowship. Biblical Fellowship is not merely getting together to socialize. Establishing relationships with others is important, but Biblical Fellowship is filling those relationships with the practice of Biblical truth. The New Testament provides us with a whole host of gospel applications for the life of the Christian community. They are called the “one-another” commandments. They include:

  • Love one another (John 13:34; John 13:35; John 15:12, 17;┬áRom 13:8; 1 The 4:9; 1 Pet 3:8;1 Pet 4:8; 1 John 3:11; 3:23; 4:7; 4:11; 4:12; 2 John 5)
  • Greet one another in love (Rom 16:16; 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12; 1 Pet 5:14)
  • Increase in love for one another (1 Thess 3:12)
  • Maintain peace with one another (Mark 9:50; Rom 12:16; 1 Pet 3:8)
  • Be devoted to one another (Rom 12:10)
  • Avoid judging one another (Rom 14:13)
  • Accept one another (Rom 15:7)
  • Instruct one another (Rom 15:14; Col 3:16)
  • Take Communion together (1 Cor 11:33)
  • Have equal concern for one another (1 Cor 12:25)
  • Serve one another (Gal 5:13; 1 Pet 4:10)
  • Avoid harming one another (Gal 5:15)
  • Avoid envying one another (Gal 5:26)
  • Carry the sin burden of one another (Gal 6:2)
  • Be patient with one another (Eph 4:2; Col 3:13)
  • Be kind to one another (Eph 4:32)
  • Forgive one another (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13)
  • Worship with one another (Eph 5:19)
  • Submit to one another (Eph 5:21)
  • Consider one another before self (Phil 2:3)
  • Avoid lying to one another (Col 3:9)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess 4:18; 5:11; Heb 3:13)
  • Build one another up (1 Thess 5:11)
  • Spur one another to good deeds (Heb 10:25)
  • Avoid slandering one another (Jam 4:11)
  • Avoid grumbling against one another (Jam 5:9)
  • Confess sins to one another (Jam 5:16)
  • Pray for one another (Jam 5:16)
  • Be Hospitable to one another (1 Pet 4:9)
  • Show humility toward one another (1 Pet 5:5)

At Home Group we provide a place to safely implement and practice the one-another commands of Scripture. We usually share a meal together, after which we spend time discussing the previous Sunday’s sermon with a view to deepening our understanding and application of the text. We’ll also take time to worship together and to pray together.

Home Groups provide a help for so many different aspects of church life. They naturally provide member-care. They help men get to know other men, women other women, youth other youth, etc. They are prayer groups. They are launching pads for community service and outreach. For groups that gather a significant distance from the church, they are the potential beginnings of new churches!

If you are already attending regularly but are not regularly meeting with others in the church for support and growth in Christ, find a Home Group that meets near you and join with them on Wednesday evenings. You’ll be blessed by the fellowship.