Over the past couple of weeks we have been talking about the importance of being in community.  It isn’t just enough to come to church and sit in the pew as if coming to church was a part of a weekly checklist.  We are called to a deeper life, one that exemplifies what it means to be a Christ follower.  Each one of us needs to understand that our faith was always mean’t to be lived out in the context of community.  In John Chapter 13 Jesus introduces a new command to His followers.  The command is to love one another.  The love that they have for one another will be proof to the world that they are disciples of Christ.  This is true for us as disciples of Christ as it was for the Apostles.  But there can be no evidence if we are not in community, actively participating in loving one another.  The proof of our faith in Christ must be demonstrated in community, serving one another in love and compassion.  Remember Christ also said that there was no greater love than to give one’s life up for one’s friend.  That sacrificial love is lived out in our relationships.  How we live life together serving one another is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Christ-centered community is essential for every believer.  We must not believe that we are an island unto ourselves.  We cannot live out our faith on our own, it was never meant to be that way.  God, in His infinite wisdom and grace, planned it that way.  We need one another.  

One way that we, as a church, provide that opportunity is through the many connect groups that are available to our community.  If you are not involved in a connect group, we cannot encourage you enough to join one.  They can provide you a safe place to work out your salvation and live out your life in Christ-centered community.  Don’t walk your journey of faith alone.  Check out all of our Connect Groups here.