"Most of us leave the resources of hope to happenstance and then wonder why we are so often disheartened." (Clusters of Hope, John Piper)
Many of us desire to have a life filled with hope and joy. Often times we think that this is something that we just stumble upon and its completely guided by our experiences and circumstances. However, I would argue that its quite the opposite. Hope and joy should be the constant in our lives and the circumstances can change all they want but the hope and joy we have remain secure.
At Kairos, we desire all young adults to be a part of a small group. Its in small groups where the believer or inquisitive searcher will find the truth of this hope and joy that Christians are called to partake in and hold onto as their lifeline. Its through a life of pursuing Jesus and the work that He accomplished through God's great love for us that we call Christ our hope and joy. "...in your presence is the fullness of joy." (Psalm 16:11)
Small groups exist because although you might go to church on Sunday it's the "relationships developed in small group settings that actually bind people together. Through those relationships and the studying of God's Word, lives are affirmed, sustained, and changed." (Small Group Ministry - Leading Small Groups, Kairos, Phil Ward)
Its in the small group setting that you'll be able to work out what's happening in the day-to-day experiences in our world and how that interacts with our longing for the future that God has promised the believer. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
Because Kairos is a ministry within Golden Hills with a specific target of 18-25 year olds, most of whom are in college, we run our small group program following a semester schedule. You will have opportunities to sign-up and join a small group at the beginning of every semester (typically August and late January). Most groups are peer-led and have 6-12 people in each group which typically meet in the leader's home throughout the local community. Each group is either co-ed or men-only/women-only. A description of each small group as well as the cost(minimal), location and time are available during the weeks of sign-up.
So many lives have been changed and encouraged through their experiences in small groups. If you are interested in joining a small group at Kairos, please don't hesitate to ask for more information. We are eager for you to live a life of constant hope and joy.