I love campfires! Sitting outside around a firepit and watching the flames, it can be mesmerizing. There is a very basic truth about fire, if you take one of the logs out of the fire and place it alone off to the side, it quickly burns out and grows cold. When I think about lifeGroup, I think about how important it is to stay connected to others to stay on fire in my faith. To sustain the life giving habits of following Jesus we need each other.
In John 10:10 Jesus says: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Satan is the thief and part of how he comes to steal and kill and destroy is in keeping us isolated and alone. Thinking we can be just fine on our own. Convincing us that it is just easier to not get involved with other people. Those are lies. And Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). He works overtime convincing you to not make the effort of a weekly lifeGroup gathering.
The truth is we are better together than we are alone. We were reminded recently in the sermon about lifeGroup that it is a beautiful mess. No one has said that it is an easy commitment to make. No one says that every time you gather it will be amazing. We have however said that it is of great value. Risking knowing people at a deeper level than just hello on Sunday mornings allows for relationships you can depend on in time of need, people you can genuinely celebrate with, and brothers and sisters who really care.
If you are currently experiencing the beautiful mess of living life together with others, who could you invite to join you in lifeGroup? Who do you know either in the Church or in your neighborhood that would benefit from growing closer to Jesus as they would grow closer to others? If you are not currently in a lifeGroup, contact me and let’s see if we can connect you to a lifeGroup. Or check out the leaders on our website and contact one of them.