What Does The Bible Say About Small Groups

Small groups have long been a part of church life, but for the most part, what has been said about the topic has been piecemeal. Where does the Bible really stand on small groups? We can look to Scripture to understand the reasons why small groups are so important, and how to make the most of them.

At the heart of small groups is fellowship. We are not meant to go through this life alone; we need the support, encouragement, and even accountability that comes from being part of a small group. The Bible is full of examples of how God used small groups to further His work. In the Gospels, Jesus assembled a group of disciples who were not only his close friends, but were dedicated to His mission. Even in the Old Testament, we see examples of how important small groups were. The Israelites were commanded to assemble in smaller groups to listen to the Law and adhere to it (Deuteronomy 5:1-5).

But fellowship and support are only part of the equation when it comes to small groups. They can also be a powerful tool for spiritual growth. When we come together, prayerfully, to study Scripture and discuss our walks with God, the Spirit has an opportunity to move us along the path of growth and maturity. The Bible is clear that one of the primary benefits of being committed to a small group is that we can learn to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). This is a powerful reminder of how God wants us to support each other in our spiritual journeys.

The Bible also states that encouraging each other is essential to our growth. Hebrews 10:24-25 states “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” A small group is an ideal vehicle for offering not just biblical encouragement, but also practical help to someone in need or in pain. Without a doubt, God can use small groups to carry out His work.

Finally, the Bible encourages us to be in community with one another. In Acts 2:42-47, we see how the early Christians lived interdependently, with each one using their gifts and resources to benefit the whole body. This is a beautiful picture of how a small group can function and why it’s critical to our spiritual growth and mission. As we come together and live in covenant with one another, we are able to demonstrate the love of Christ to a broken and hurting world.


Leadership is the backbone of any small group. When seeking out a leader, individuals should look for someone who knows the Bible, is passionate about their faith, and is able to lead with love and grace. A good leader will recognize the importance of respect, care, and accountability in the small group, and will create a safe space for everyone to share their thoughts and feelings. It is also important to have a leader who is willing to challenge and inspire the group to deeper levels of faith and understanding.

A leader has the responsibility of setting the spiritual tone for their small group, which means leading by example. It is their responsibility to read the Bible and understand the message of its passages so that the group can have a deeper level of understanding and application. A leader should not only be knowledgeable about the Bible, but also knowledgeable about the group itself and be able to help members grow and develop in their spiritual journeys. It is important for a leader to lead with integrity, offer wise counsel, and always strive to do what is best for the group.

Leadership is also about creating a sense of community where every voice matters. As a leader, it is not only important to lead by example, but also to facilitate meaningful conversations and allow space for others to share. A good leader will embrace various stages of the group’s growth and ensure that everyone feels included and respected. Leaders must also understand the power of prayer and how that leads to spiritual growth.


The purpose of small groups is ultimately to glorify God and become closer to Him. Small groups also help us form deeper relationships with each other as we grow as individuals and as a whole. It is important to remember that we need each other to become spiritually mature. As we journey together, we can encourage one another and rely on one another through the highs and lows. We can also use this time to worship and to ask for prayer for each other, always recognizing God’s provision for our lives.

Small groups can also be a great place to learn and grow in our faith. We can read the Bible and allow it to shape our beliefs, practice different spiritual disciplines, and share our doubts and fears in a safe and loving environment. Small groups can also help us recognize our spiritual gifts and how we should use them in our daily lives. We can use this time to ask questions and build on our knowledge of God’s Word and our faith.

Small groups ultimately provide an opportunity to create meaningful relationships and serve a bigger purpose–bringing God’s kingdom to earth in whatever ways we can. If we are willing to listen, pray, and love each other, there is no telling what God can accomplish through our small groups. By building up one another, lifting each other up, and reaching out to those in need, we can bring God’s love and hope to a broken world.


Although small groups are a powerful tool for spiritual growth, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that although a small group can be a place of accountability, it shouldn’t become a place of judgment. We need to remember that we are all on our own spiritual paths, so it is important to remember to be gentle and loving with one another. It is also important to recognize that people’s schedules and commitments may shift over time, so it is important to be flexible and understanding if someone is unable to attend.

It is also important to be mindful that not all members of the group may be at the same level of faith and knowledge. While it can be a great opportunity to challenge one another to grow, it is important to remember that we come from all kinds of backgrounds, so respect and grace should be extended to all members. Finally, it is important to remember that a small group is a place to share our struggles and triumphs, but it should never be a place for gossip or criticism.


To get the most out of small groups it is important for each participant to actively engage in the group. This means coming prepared to buckle down and work – reading the material, completing the study, and engaging in meaningful conversations. This also means being open and honest, asking questions and engaging in discussion, and being willing to share both successes and failures.

It is also essential to be accountable to each other. When we come together, we should strive to support and lift each other up in prayer. We should also challenge each other to apply what we have learned to our lives and strive to do better. Finally, it is important to remember that small groups are meant to be fun and fellowship, so we should approach them with joy and anticipation.


Small groups can be a powerful tool for spiritual growth, but it is important to remember that they are not just a one-sided affair. They require participation, accountability, and support from all members. When we come together with humility, open hearts, and a desire to deepen our faith, small groups can be a powerful way to learn more about God and build strong relationships with each other.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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