You will deepen your relationship with Jesus and with others.
From the start Christianity has been about relationship, relationship with God and with other people. We were made for God and for one another. Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbours as ourselves. But, in the busyness of everyday life, this can get lost.
Even if we attend church every Sunday, we might never enter into deep relationships with fellow congregants. We might not form friendships where we can truly rejoice together on the best days and cry together on the worst days. We might have lingering questions which go unexplored because there’s no one to explore them with. We need this kind of community: community where we really know others and are really known.
On top of this, it’s a long time between Sundays! If we’re honest, even if we were wide awake on Sunday – no last minute rush to get to church, no work thoughts lingering at the back of the mind – and even if the sermon was excellent – I mean really excellent, up there with the best you’ve heard – then by Wednesday life with God might be starting to take a backseat. If we want to see growth – or even consistency – in our relationships with God, then Sunday probably isn’t enough.
And so, while there are probably many other reasons to run a home group, there are two key reasons: for depth of community and of relationship with God.