Last week I visited my daughter and her family in Raleigh, North Carolina. We attended Journey Church on Sunday and the title of this article was the message I brought home with me. This church is a large, non-denominational church and the service was contemporary. Their mission is like ours: to help people be disciples who make disciples.
Often when we want to do something, a spouse, family member, or friend helps by making us accountable— they come with us, or they call us, so we do what we said we would do. Examples: working out, eating right, sleeping right, and even going to church. God designed us to be in relationship with other people. Your desire to work-out, for example, could be met by a relationship with a friend who comes with you to the gym. God told us in Genesis 2:18 “It’s not good for man to be alone.” Everybody needs help from somebody to help them be more like Jesus.
For God to accomplish what He wants to in our lives, He requires us to live in relationship with other people. But, not just any people! We need to be around other people who want to be more like Jesus. Because…Everybody needs help from somebody to help them be more like Jesus.
So, how do we do that? Pastor Dale talks to us frequently about the benefits of small groups. That is exactly what I learned last Sunday, but they call their small groups Missionary Communities, MCs for short. It’s the same thing though. When we come to church on Sunday, listen to the sermon, sing and then leave, we will never be able to build relationships with other Christians. However, large group worship was not designed for that! We can only do that through small groups. I’ve taken several Bible study and video study classes, and I realized that that’s how you can get to know people better. I’ve attended the new WOW gathering and have gotten to know several of the people from the 9:00 service that I wouldn’t have known before that group meeting.
We were created by God for community. We must make Biblical community a priority for God to accomplish His purpose in our lives, in the lives of others, and in the world. If there’s not a small group that you’d like to attend, create one. That’s what the WOW group did. If you’re attending a small group of some sort, invite someone else to join you. The by-product of becoming more like Jesus is that you’ll begin to look around and see who you can help. Because— Everybody needs help from somebody to help them be more like Jesus.