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Life groups- what are they, and why are they important?

Why do we go to church?  Do we go on a regular basis or sporadically?  Do we only go during Easter and Christmas, which is the typical times that people who do not regularly attend go.  Do we go to church fully expecting the church to meet our needs without giving back something in return?  Do we have hidden expectations and if those are not met do we pack up our stuff and head over to the next church across town?

One of the things that I love about Coastal Community Church is that they address those questions head on.  They encourage people to come to church with a desire to serve one another and those in the community.  One of their Tshirts says the following.  “Do not go to church BUT BE the church”.  What does that mean?  It means that the church is made up of people (you and I) and that everyone in the body of Christ (the church) has specific skills and gifts that can be used to bless other people.  Because Christ loved us and gave up his life for the church, we should be willing to love one another and give our love and lives away to other people within and without the church.  We should be a light on a hill and a salt in the earth.  We should be people who make a real difference in the lives of others.

Yesterday was Life Group Sunday.  We are kicking off the many life groups for the Winter and Spring semester that will last 10 to 12 weeks in 2014.  So, why are Life Groups important?  Why is it important that we belong to Life Groups at our local church?  It does not matter what the title is that is given to it.  What matters is that you are walking out your faith with other believers in that local church community.  Here are a list of points we were given yesterday.

 

1. I need others to walk with me  Col 2:6

2. I need others to work with me   Eph 2:10 and Eccl 4:9

3. I need others to watch out for me.    Phil 2:4 and Eccl 4:10

4. I need others to wait and weep with me.   1 Cor 12:26

5. I need others to witness with me    John 13:35 and Phillipians 1:27b

I would encourage you to think about these points and to look up each scripture and see how it applies to you.  I want to encourage everyone who reads this ,to get involved in a local church and become active.  When we do that, that is how we can begin to grow in our faith and spiritual maturity and bless others around us.

 

 

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