Social researcher Hugh Mackay says that loneliness is one of the top issues confronting Australians. But it’s not just affecting our lives, it’s affecting our faith. We think that our faith is just between us and God, but God and people go together.
Jesus was in a conversation one day about the most important commandment in the Old Testament; Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39 New Living Translation)
Worshipping God with your whole self is the most important thing you can do, but equally important is loving other people. Jesus puts these two commandments side by side as equals. God and people go together.
Another way of saying this is that for our church, circles are better than rows. Worshipping God while sitting in rows is important, but connecting with other people in a circle is equally important. If you connect with people, your love for God will grow too.
In Mark 1:40-42, a man with leprosy came to Jesus and said, “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus replied with indignation and deep compassion, “I am willing.” Jesus is willing to change your faith and change your loneliness.
In our church we use the word Group to refer to any smaller group that meets regularly during the week because of their faith. Are you willing to take a step and join a Group? If you do, your faith will change.
To express interest in joining or hosting a Group as part of our church, follow this link.
This post was written by Geoff Snook.