September for Covenant Church means a new Fall catalog and many new small groups to discover and connect with.
The question that I keeping asking myself is “why” is it so important for followers of Jesus to be in small groups with other followers? I mean, I understand that sometimes it’s even hard to like other people, let alone be in a small group with them. I think the Bible is very clear though about how hard it is to live this relationship with Jesus in isolation.
Hebrews 10: 24-25 really helps us understand that we need each other:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Modern day Christian counselor, Dr. Henry Cloud, says, “nearly every emotional issue, from depression to addiction, has isolation at its core or close to it.” I know how easy it is in my life to trend towards isolation. It takes physical, emotional, and spiritual effort to not isolate, especially when our culture is moving in that direction.
So I want to encourage you to push through that temptation to say “I’m tired,” or “I don’t have time,” and take that step in somewhere. Maybe you start by saying that you will serve once a month in children’s ministry, or maybe once a month at our 1209 breakfast ministry, or by finding a group and becoming a member of it. There are so many options out there no matter what your passions are.
The new fall catalog is available in the lobby and online and I want to encourage you to get a copy and pray, asking the Lord to highlight places and groups where you can get involved and make community connections.
Start somewhere and when the end of the semester gets here, I know that you will be glad that you did!
Post by: Jay Buckingham, Pastor of Campus Development