Why do we have Anchor Groups anyways?

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
     Why are we making Anchor groups such an important part of the vision for White Flag? What is the purpose of these anchor groups? Without the correct purpose in mind we may miss out on what God wants to do through these groups. There are 2 primary purposes for White Flag Anchor Groups.
          1. To Grow in Godly relationships with others believers
                    There are many reasons we need relationships with other believers. The primary reason is that God has commanded us to be in fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:25).  If we aren’t real relationships with other believers than we are missing out on a big part of how we grow and learn as believers. We also miss out on the opportunity to be encouraged and encourage others. To pray with others and come alongside each other during our joys and trials. In our modern world, we are more connected than ever with cell phones, email, texts, and social networking and yet most people feel more disconnected and lonely than ever. There is a desperate need for relationship in all of us and often times Church is a tough place to build those intimate relationships. We hope that our anchor groups are a place where people can feel safe to develop relationships with other believers.
                    I love the illustration of this point from this blog post: http://motherofknights.com/2014/09/16/12-strangers-and-a-redwood-tree/
          2. To Grow in our relationship with Jesus as we study God’s word.
                    The secondary purpose of the anchor groups is to grow deeper in God’s Word through relationship and discussion. When our Anchor groups become lectures or deep level scholarly discussions, they become a much harder place to feel comfortable in. We trust the Holy Spirit to lead our learning and discussions with the leader as a facilitator, it’s amazing to see how he opens up the Word and speaks through many different people and perspectives. The Goal is not to grow in knowledge, it’s to grow relationships with Jesus and other believers through the study of God’s word.
     Spend some time thinking through some of the other things that could be a distraction from the primary focus. For more on this subject, Read Sticky Church by Larry Osbourne http://smile.amazon.com/Sticky-Church-Leadership-Network-Innovation/dp/0310285089?sa-no-redirect=1