From Pastor Tim...
Why am I so passionate about every person getting involved in an rGroup? Here’s a few good reasons… if you’re still not convinced after reading this, call or email & I’ll give you another 10 reasons!
1. God designed you for relationships!
After God created Adam, he said that it was “not good for man to be alone.” So he created Eve and initiated family as a means to filling an essential need in life. God made every human being with an internal need for authentic relationships, and when we don’t have them, we experience loneliness.
In the New Testament, both Peter and Paul refer to the church as the “family of believers.” God provided you with a spiritual family, and in that family you will find the relational connections that defeat the discouragement of isolation.
2. Your spiritual life will grow best when you are in community!
Consider this: You have about an 80% chance of staying on the path of growth with Jesus if you are in an rGroup, but only about a 10% chance ON YOUR OWN!
When we’re on our own, we’re vulnerable to being led astray by our own desires, by the world’s priorities, and by Satan’s schemes. The Bible calls him a “roaring lion, seeking someone to devour…” He’s like a lion in Africa looking for the animal that strays from the herd and then attacks.
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:12-13
We might think that some sins are “no big deal” or that “it doesn’t hurt anyone.” But as these verses describe, when we dabble in sin, it causes us to grow cold toward God and we turn away from him as a result. When we’re in community with others who are also on a spiritual journey toward Jesus, they encourage us and help keep us from being ensnared by the deceptiveness of sin. On the other side of the table, your Christian brothers and sisters need you to be there to encourage them to keep walking with Jesus and not be deceived by sin! You need your brothers and sisters, and they need you.
3. Fulfilling God’s mission on earth happens in community!
There are thousands of people around us that have little or no hope, and we have the responsibility to love them and serve them in the name of Jesus. rGroups shouldn’t be like a fortress, where we are protected from the world, but rather we are to be the fragrance of life, taking Jesus with us to those who are hurting and need life!
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before-hand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
4. You’ll have a blast with your new friends!
Every rGroup needs to include a good dose of food and fun! And if you start going to an rGroup and they’re not having any fun, maybe God sent you to the group to liven it up!
So… what do you think? Is your spiritual life worth the time and effort needed to be in a community of friends? Invite a friend to join you and go find a group this week!