A support group is an informal, interactive, participatory gathering of everyday people who openly and spontaneously share their concerns, issues, insights and experiences with one another so that they may encourage, comfort, and help each other to overcome problems, discouragements, frustrations, habits, addictions, etc. Support groups are often focused on a particular issue, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, etc.
A Christ-led support group is focused on being directed and guided by the living, resurrected Jesus. People meet to listen to Jesus speak in their heart and then say or do what He tells them to. The original instructions for Christ-led support groups were written by Paul of Tarsus: “When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up.” –1 Corinthians 14:26 (WEB)
Some benefits of participating in a Christ-led support group include:
- Overcoming loneliness, isolation, and self-judgment;
- Experiencing personal and spiritual growth;
- Improving your ability to cope and your sense of adjustment;
- Being able to safely talk openly and honestly about your life;
- Reducing your worry, fear, anxiety, distress, or depression;
- Obtaining victory over self-destructive habits;
- Seeing God’s love working in and through ordinary people;
- Helping others experience life-transformation;
- Encountering Jesus as a present-day reality in your life.
Here’s a link to learn more about Christ-led support groups.
To experience a Christ-led support group in person, visit the one that meets at The Salvation Army, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207 on Sunday mornings at 10:45. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.