My pastor is doing a series on community right now. Community is something that I have always found elusive in the traditional church setting. You see the same people every week, sometimes multiple times a week. Yet there is often no real connection outside of the church walls.
I love hard and I like to build deep relationships. I’d rather have a few friends that know me intimately than have many friends with shallow relationships. It also takes me a while to feel comfortable enough with a person to want to go deeper than surface level.
As a believer I know that sharing your life with others is crucial to a healthy Christian lifestyle. I remember quoting Psalm 133:1 at the opening of Sunday School each week, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Our small group kick off is next week and I am looking forward to participating in a place where life is shared together.
Here are 10 reasons why I am looking forward to the start of our new small group:
- I need to be around other solid believers who are actively pursuing Christ.
- I like sharing food and we get to eat at small group.
- Small group heightens accountability to your brothers/sisters in Christ.
- I will feel more connected to members of a large-ish congregation.
- I think it will feel like the early church in Acts 2 where members were together with all things in common and broke bread in their homes.
- We get to eat.
- The thirty-somethings (and twenty-somethings) are largely underrepresented in churches so it will be nice to get to know others in my age group who are serious about loving God and loving others.
- I will grow in my faith.
- There will be more opportunities for me to serve and help others because I will become more aware of what people’s needs are.
- There will be food.