WHY JOIN A COMMUNITY GROUP?
 
Theologian Francis Schaeffer asserted, “Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful—Christian community is the final apologetic.” Our non-believing friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are watching and deciding on the validity of the gospel message. We need others to help us live lives worthy of God’s calling so that people will see the power of God’s love in and through us. *copyright Christianity Today 2012
 

When we look at the early church we get a picture of small communities of people who followed Jesus together. The Book of Acts, especially Acts 2:42-47, gives us a great picture of the early church and the components of biblical community, which encompassed both the “temple courts” and “house to house.”

These believers engaged in life together through teaching, fellowship, communion, prayer, miracles, radical generosity, and corporate worship. They spent time together eating, learning, celebrating, proclaiming the Good News, and supporting each other. In addition, the 50-plus “one another” verses in the New Testament flesh out other aspects of this community. For example, it was a place where people loved, forgave, served, bore burdens, encouraged, exhorted, prayed, equipped, spoke truth in love, confessed sins, and treated each other as precious members of one body.

God never intended for us to live the Christian life alone. How can we apply these “one another” references unless we are in intentional, close relationships with each other? God calls us to love, not in a superficial way, but in a deep, face to face, life-on-life way—which is difficult and inevitably messy, but the pros far out weigh the cons! 
 
Ultimately, Community Groups are a way of living out our purpose, both as individuals and as a collective group of believers – to be the church! We share a common foundation of faith and God has called us to live out that faith in a relational community, in the context that we call community groups.
 

 

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