This is part of a 12-week series designed around some basic Christian disciplines that will propel you to spiritual growth!
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Welcome to week 5 of Beginnings where this week we focus on the backbone of the church: Community!
The Church is not an organization or an institution. The Church is the gathering of people who are believers which means the Church is the people. Coming to a service, or giving to a program is not Church. Until you are living life together and sharing your faith with others, you aren’t a part of the church… you’re just in a club.
The Bible teaches that community is God’s plan. For example:
- Acts 5:42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
- Acts 2:46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
- John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
- Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
At CrossPoint we call our opportunity for community, Grow Groups. At a Grow Group, you will experience Bible study, meaningful prayer, real/safe relationships, pastoral care, vibrant faith life and true disciple making!
Because of all this, here is a true statement: your connection to church and your passion for faith are directly connected to community. Without community, your connection grows weak, and your passion will dim.
It’s just the truth.
So here is your challenge. First, surrender to God’s Word and agree that being in community is a biblical command.
Second, either jump into a group or sign up to be contacted.
Third, resolve to stay in because there will be challenges, but this is a matter of discipleship and well worth the cost.
Make sure to check out the podcast to hear all of this and a lot more and then take the plunge. Be a part of Grow Group!
You will not regret it.
Seeking more of Him and less of me,
Pastor, CrossPoint Church