Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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 (Hebrews 10: 24-25).
Naomi mourned and rejoiced with Ruth. David sharpened spears with Jonathan. Paul labored alongside Barnabas and Timothy. C. S. Lewis drank tea and smoked a pipe with Tolkien and the other Inklings. Even our Lord surrounded himself with twelve good friends that he walked with, talked with, ate with, laughed with, cried with.
When we live out our ordinary rhythms of life in a community of believers, we become transformed to look more like Jesus. Our community groups put teaching into practice that grows through the power of the Holy Spirit. Members take time each week to meet together, pray together, eat together and learn together.
We have a wide variety of groups available. Some meet seasonally, others meet throughout the year. Some meet in homes, others at the church. Some are even virtual. New groups are starting this fall; others have been meeting for decades. Each spring our groups read through the church’s annual Lenten Guide together. At other times of the year, they might study a book of the Bible or a devotional guide, a video series on Right Now Media or follow along with the current sermon series.
As you’re planning your calendar, don’t forget to leave room for community groups! We will follow along with Gerrit’s sermon series on Ephesians. Group discussion questions will be available starting Sunday, September 10. If you’re interested in joining a group or leading a new one, connect with Kelly Wood.
Parenting Community Group Begins September 17
Raising children can bring incredible joy and incredible challenges. Knowing how to navigate the journey and doing so in fellowship with like-minded parents is what provides a rudder in the sea of chaos. Starting September 17, Darin and Barat Travis will host a community group that is centered on parenting. During the 8-week sessions, we’ll study material from “The Art of Parenting” by Family Life, the family ministry of Cru. This material is wonderful for all parents but especially those who are raising younger children. Join the journey by RSVPing to Barat (email@example.com). We will meet Sunday nights from 5 to 6.30 pm in the Reception Room. Childcare will be provided!