The purpose of our Home Bible Fellowship (Small Group) Ministry at Southeast Christian Church is to guide believers in studying the Word and caring for one another. Officially, our mission statement says, "HBFs exist to root believers in the faith and to enable them to care for one another, so that we walk as Jesus did."
The three key elements of the mission statement are: root, one another, and walk. Each has a biblical basis.
The word "root" comes from Colossians 2:7: "Rooted and built up in him, strengthen in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
In HBFs, we always study the Bible, dig into what God is saying to us, and apply how He wants us to live. If we do not know the Bible, we do not know how to live. As we study the Bible in our meetings, I challenge you to not only hear the Word, but "do what it says" (James 1:22). King David said, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:11). My greatest joy in the world is to see believers study their Bibles and apply the Word to their daily lives.
The second key of the mission statement is "one another." The New Testament uses the phrase "one another" more than 50 times to talk about how the early church cared and supported one another. I have said that the "one another" passages actually represent the blueprint by which we must live the Christian life. Without the "one anothers" flowing in our lives, are we really living up to God's standards?
It gives me great joy to know that you all love the Word and that you are walking in the truth (1 John 2:4).
The final word from the mission statement is the important word "walk." I love 1 John 1:6: "Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." This verse is really ...