LIFE Communities at Grace Chapel by Anthony Freddura

A nondenominational Christian church located in Lexington, Massachusetts, Grace Chapel was conceived in 1948 when small groups of residents scheduled Bible studies in their homes. Grace Chapel keeps that tradition alive through LIFE Communities, which are small Bible study groups for fellowship and discussion.

Members of LIFE Communities meet in a designated home or on the Grace Chapel grounds. Beyond Bible study, these smaller gatherings offer opportunities for people to get together over good food, conversation, and a shared interest in the word of God. LIFE Communities participants tend to form close bonds of friendship and family.

Grace Chapel makes study guides for these groups available on its website and offers a biweekly discussion for those who wish to further their studies. Locating and joining a LIFE Community is simple, and seekers may visit http://www.grace.org/groups for more information.

About Anthony Freddura: A Senior Business Systems Analyst in his professional life, Anthony Freddura looks forward to meeting with his LIFE Community. Mr. Freddura also enjoys participating in charitable activities with his fellow congregants.

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A Brief History of Small-Group Bible Study By Anthony Freddura

Today, Christians of all denominations enjoy participating in small-group bible study in addition to attending services at a larger church. Many who participate in such groups see them as forums for building close relationships within the church, and ways to help further their understanding of scriptural teachings.

Biblical accounts of characters such as Noah, Moses, and Jesus suggest a valuation of small-group fellowship, however small groups had a very different function in Early Christianity than they do today. In the earliest days of Christianity, worship groups had to be small because there were few (if any) dedicated buildings for worship. This meant believers had to hold services in existing houses or other spaces.

Much later, as the Protestant reformation began to brew during the 17th century, reformers (including John Calvin and Martin Luther) urged their followers to meet in small groups outside the established churches, which many viewed as spiritually corrupt.

Today, however, it is simply a great chance to build relationships in the church, and to learn about the theology and beliefs that make up your faith.

About Anthony Freddura

An active parishioner of the Grace Chapel congregation in Lexington, Massachusetts, Anthony Freddura participates in the church’s musical performances as well as its bible study groups. In addition to his private worship activities, Freddura lends his time to community outreach efforts that support less-fortunate community members.