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5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Life Group


By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

Grand Canyon University is built on a Christian foundation and seeks to provide its students with all the tools necessary to grow in their relationship with the Lord and be able to preach the good news to everyone they come in contact with. GCU does this through its classes, weekly Chapel sessions, weekly worship nights, outreach opportunities and Life Groups.

Life Group is a weekly, student-led Bible study that takes place in every living area on campus. There are multiple Life Groups in each building, giving students the opportunity to choose which group is best for them.

GCU’s on campus apartments also offer Life Groups, separated into male and female groups, and Community Groups, co-ed groups with two leaders. All Life Groups and Community Groups are led by student leaders who had to undergo a rigorous selection process to make sure they are well qualified to help their fellow students better understand God’s word and how to live it out.

There are many reasons why you should consider setting aside an hour or two once a week to join a Life Group.

1. To Make Friends

Going to Life Group is a fantastic way to make friends! Whether you’re a brand new freshman or a seasoned senior, it’s always great to meet new people. Life Group is full of deep conversations, making it easy to get to know people fast. Oftentimes, Life Groups are small groups, another factor in helping you get to know one another quickly.

2. To Be Mentored

Life Group is a perfect place to be mentored by your peers. If you are stressed about an issue in your life, bring it to Life Group. Your Life Leader is there to help you thorough your struggles and pray alongside you. They also give great advice.

3. To Read the Bible

One thing many Christians don’t do enough is read the Bible. College students are especially busy, making it even harder to find time to read it. Taking the time to go to Life Group insures that you are making time to fellowship with others as well as read the Word.

4. To Take a Study Break

Life is so busy, and it seems like we’re always studying, but Life Group is a great excuse to stop studying for classes and start studying the Bible. Studying can take its toll and it’s important to take breaks, especially if it’s for Life Group.

5. To Pray for One Another

Life Group is a built in prayer team. Bring your problems. Bring your worries. Bring you pain. Ask your whole Life Group, or just your Life Leader, to pray for you. Prayer is powerful and it helps to have a team of people there to support you.

Grand Canyon University is devoted to trusting and serving God. If you would like to learn more about our Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

About Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism or advertising in order to share her ideas and creativity with the world. Allison has a passion for writing. She has gotten the opportunity to pursue this passion through writing for Odyssey Online, working on writing research with her professor and writing for the GCU blogs. When she is not writing, Allison enjoys reading, traveling, baking and spending time with her friends. 

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