Sunset Middle School
200 Sunset Trail
Brentwood, TN 37027
To worship and enjoy God, and lead others to do the same
To see the Gospel transform everything: ourselves, our church, our community, our world.
Community GroupsSundays Nights
Community Groups play a vital role in the life of Providence. We believe that relationship is the
context for true Gospel change and sanctification. Our Community Group Ministry is built on 2
Know and Be Known
Gospel growth happens best in the context of a community that is committed to regularly
knowing and bing known by one another. It is part of Jesus' design for the church. As we
know and are known by each other, we not only expose sin for what it really is, but also
celebrate the victory achieved by Jesus who made atonement for our sin. Gospel growth then,
is not so much about forgetting our sin, but rather resting in Christ's forgiveness of our sin and
fighting our sin in communities transformed and freed by grace.
“As you go” Disciple-Making
Disciple-making is the heart of the Gospel. At Providence making disciples who “worship
and enjoy God” is our ultimate goal. We believe that disciple-making starts with “knowing
and being known” in a community group. Discipleship is not about hearing a teacher and
downloading new information into our brains. It’s about following Jesus and helping one
another follow Him. This means we all have a stake in each other’s growth in Christ. True
Biblical Community is more than a weekly meeting; it is a way of life. The church is not a
program rather it is a living breathing community of believers who invest in one another.
We are seeking to integrate this vision into 4 rhythms we naturally live day in and day out:
We all eat! Eating is a natural part of being human. So why not share a common meal each
week? Jesus did most of his disciple-making around meals. Meals can have a truly rich Gospel
implication. Meals represent being invited into the most intimate of contexts around a table and
sharing life stories, victories and struggles. What better way to develop synergy and togetherness
than around a meal? We want to see our groups develop rich friendships that invite one another into
each other’s lives as well as unchurched friends, neighbors, and family.
We all work. Vocation is a fundamental part of bearing God’s image. Prior to the fall, vocation was
beautiful and pure. However, after the fall, because of sin work became difficult and self centered.
But for those who have been rescued by Jesus, work is more than a job; it’s the call to be God
glorifying stewards who work for the good of our neighbors, coworkers and families. We want to see
our groups “WORK” together for the glory of God and the good of the world.
We all need to recreate. It breeds new life into us. This includes vacations, sports, leisure, etc. How
can we recreate together? What do we enjoy doing for fun? These are good questions to ask as we
seek to recreate together for the glory of God. Why? Recreating together proclaims that life in Christ
is meant to be enjoyed. We want to see our groups recreate together and invite the unchurched into
Rest is an absolute Gospel imperative. It was built into the way God created the world. We live
hectic, out of control lives most days. We are like hamsters on their wheels who just can’t stop. This
is sad! We are called to rest. Why? Rest reflects our confidence in Christ, who both accomplished
our salvation, and is working for our good in our sanctification. When we frantically work as if Christ
is not present and powerful, it is an indictment that we don’t fully trust Christ’s finished work. As
groups, we can help each other rest. We can watch the kids of other couples who need a date
night. We can help them with spring-cleaning chores so they don’t whittle away every Saturday with
chores. We strive to “work” for one another’s rest.