WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD WHO SERVE AND CARE FOR EACH OTHER AS FAMILY
The Gospel shapes a new community as those who were formerly God’s enemies are reconciled to Him (Rom 5:10) and adopted into his family (Gal 4:4-7). When we repent and believe the gospel, God’s wrath is absorbed in Jesus and we become brothers and sisters in God’s family. The strength and depth of our relationships is a living picture of the power of the gospel.
As family, we prefer one another and sacrifice for one another. We enjoy being together. We disciple, nurture, and hold one another accountable. We live in ways that preserve the honor of our Father’s good name (Matt 6:9). And we feel love and kinship toward those alienated from God, longing for them to be reconciled to our Father who created them in his image and likeness (Genesis 1:27).
WHY COMMUNITY GROUPS
Simply said, as your pastors, we want to see Community Groups become what God intended them to be; namely, places of refuge, sharpening, encouragement, growth, and opportunity for Christ to transform his people and ready his bride for the day of his return. This kind of koinonia community in the life of the church, coupled with the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers, provides a Gospel-centered lifestyle that glorifies God and blesses his people.
Here is a short list of reasons why your pastors plead with you to become an active member of a Community Group:
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IS GOD'S GIFT TO THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD
This is the kind of community that we were created for. This is the kind of community that God, in his infinite mercy, has gifted to the Church. This is the kind of community that the world craves, even though they don’t know they crave it. This is the kind of community that will transform lives and offer hope to the hopeless. This is the kind of community that shouts JESUS! and points people (both inside and outside of the church) to the pleasure and joy that God has offered to us, in Christ.
Are we willing to live into this kind of Community? Are we willing to surrender and walk into intimacy with fellow believers, trusting that God is good and he is faithful? Are we willing to fight for Christian Community in our own hearts and in the choices that we have to make between loving self and loving others?
It is your pastor's prayer that you/your family will be willing to do whatever it takes to live into and preserve at all costs, true Christian Community.
For His Glory,