"It is not good for the man to be alone."
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
"They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts"
"Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them."
Throughout the Bible we have the scriptures tell us the wisdom of being with other people. Whether it's God commenting on Adam's unhealthy solitude or the account of four friends lowering a paralyzed man through a roof to see Jesus, we continually see the wisdom of being in community with others.
When we talk about community, we're not talking about a TV show starring Chevy Chase, we're talking about surrounding ourselves with people who would have life experience we can draw from, and who we can support and encourage. We're talking about being in a Life Group.
But right now you are saying to yourself, "sometimes I like to be alone, I rarely get attacked, I haven't broken any bread in years and I've never been lowered through a roof! What do I need a Life Group for?" Well, here are four reasons you need a Life Group:
- Life Groups make you fat. Unless you have lived in the same town for your entire life, or have immediate and extended family within spittin' distance, chances are you don't have the support system that a Life Group can provide. A Life Group consists of people who will bring a meal when you or a family member is sick or in the hospital. Plus the regular snacks at any Life Group meeting would feed a small town in Nebraska.
- A Life Group has people in it who are smarter than you are. Honestly, do you know everything there is to know about the Bible or about life? Discussing the weekend message and life issues with people who have knowledge and a perspective that you are lacking can bring clarity and focus to life's difficult situations.
- Life Groups take you outside yourself. It's too easy to be inwardly focused on what you need or want, and forget that other people have needs as well, and a Life Group is a great place to become involved in serving others.
- Life Groups will make you rich. Ok, that was a lie, pal. But the Bible does tell us in Proverbs 28:13 that "those who conceal their sins will not prosper." Who wouldn't want to reveal a list of transgressions, especially if it can make you a buck? All right, prospering in this example may not be monetarily, but the way to an abundantly full life can be found through biblical relationships with other people.
Here is the overriding thing that I know about Life Groups: God wants us to know and to be known.
He designed us to be in community. Visit www.CentralAZ.com/LifeGroups or stop by Starting Point in the lobby to get connected.
Life. There's a group for that.