Biblical Purposes for Antioch Small Groups

WHAT is an Antioch Small Group?

Definition: Any of our midweek subgroups of the whole Antioch church family that meet for discipling and caring for our members. We have two main categories:

(a) Standard Wednesday or Thursday night groups, mixed, all ages

(b) Speciality Groups – ladies’ studies, mens’ groups, Monash Campus study/outreach, youth etc.

Small groups are a critical way through which we fulfil our biblical purpose as a local church, as stated in our Declaration of Faith, that we exist “for the purpose of exalting God through evangelising the lost and edifying and equipping the saints for service” (Eph. 4:7-16; Col. 1:28-29; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 11:36; 1 Thess. 2:7-8; Heb 13:17)

WHY do our small groups exist?

Antioch small groups exist for the following six biblical purposes:

(a) For Deacons in assisting the Elders in shepherding the flock through member care and counsel in their small groups (Acts 6:1-7; 20:28; 1 Thess. 2:7-8; Heb. 13:17)

(b) For practicing the biblical one-anothers and living out our Church Covenant by loving and encouraging one another, bearing one another’s burdens, praying together, and building godly friendships (Acts 2:42-47; Gal. 6:2; Heb. 3:13; 10:24-25; Prov. 7:5-6, 9-10, 17; 1 Pet. 4:7-11). Small groups are also a crucial way to display our true Gospel unity across the barriers of age and culture, to experience inter-generational and cross-cultural fellowship in Christ that only God’s Spirit can produce and that displays to the world the Gospel’s power (Eph. 2:14-16; Jn. 13:34-35).

(c) For further teaching in sound doctrine and in helping our people apply biblical truths (Ps. 19:7-11; Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 5:14; Jam. 1:22-25)

(d) For discipling newcomers and younger believers at Antioch into membership and maturity, and for being discipled by more mature believers (Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:28-29; Heb. 5:12; Matt. 28:19)

(e) For equipping future leaders for the Church and to start new small groups to reach more members and newcomers (1 Tim. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:22; 2 Tim. 2:2)

(f) For evangelising the lost (Matt. 4:19; 28:19; Acts 1:8)

List of Groups

Molebatši Letswalo 083 631 5639
Robin Brown 076 695 4274
Wednesdays @ 7:20pm

Joel Kirby 083 975 5031
Wednesdays @ 7:00pm

Weltevreden Park
André Pieterse 083 228 0808
Wednesdays @ 7:15pm

Moshe Mashiane 082 821 4158
Wednesdays @ 7:00pm

Ferndale/Beverley Gardens
Neil Kruger 072 088 9862
Wednesdays @ 7:00pm

Damon Cafetzoglou 082 440 5959
Wednesdays @ 7:15pm

Jan Opperman 082 551 8007
Thursdays @ 7:00pm

Eagle Canyon
Gavin Davis 083 399 5646
Duncan Govender 084 580 0080
Wednesdays @ 7:00pm