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.