We are launching something new!
Over the last number of months the church leadership has been praying about how we could put our focus theme of Grow into action this year. One of the ways that we believe God is calling us into this as a church is to begin a number of 'Grow Groups' (or small groups if you prefer that title).
We believe this is a really important step for us as a church - but also for us as individuals as we seek to deepen our understanding of God and our connection with one another. For many of us our connection with the body of Christ is built around attending church on Sunday. This corporate time of worship is really important to us in our Christian growth and development and we mustn’t neglect making it a priority. Our time in worship together each Sunday, and the message during the service, on top of the time of fellowship, are really important. Some of us also regularly meet together, or by chance meet with other Christian for social engagement over the course of the week – and these things are good too. But I’d put to you that you can’t read the New Testament view of church and come away believing that a Sunday only involvement with church is the way it is supposed to be.
When we view church as a Sunday only activity, it is really easy for us to become spiritual spectators. To engage with church only to the point that we come and tick the box, with a complete reliance on those up the front to provide exactly what we need for our spiritual growth. When we take this approach the tendency to take a passive approach to our spiritual development is strong. When we connect only on Sunday’s - it is easy for us to hear but not to apply scripture to our lives. It is also easy to avoid accountability to our brothers and sisters in Christ. In missing the full value of the way that church looks – we actually prevent ourselves from the full richness of the body of Christ.
Instead when we delve into scripture it gives us insight into a number of things we are called to do! We are called to be connected, we are called to minister, we are called to protect one another, we are called to encourage one another and we are called to seek unity as a body of Christ!
Listen along to the message as we explore how we can connect and grow together! At the end of the message there is also some information on the way the groups will work.