Wednesday, January 15, 2014

community

We are all about the Indianapolis Colts in our house.  Since the boys in blue were going head-to-head with the Patriots (boo!) last weekend, we were stoked to watch the game.  We threw together a last-minute watching party for our small group, and had a blast.
As our small group friends filled our living room, catching up with each other and occasionally yelling at the TV (touchdown!), I thought about how close we have grown to these folks in the last year.  How they went from simply other members of our church to dear, precious friends.  And I thought that this is what small group is all about - community.

Yes, studying scripture together is important.  And praying for each other is crucial.  But when you really break it down, our small group truly thrives because we are all friends.  We share life together.  We laugh and cry and pray together.  Together, we created a christocentric community and we love each other as  brothers and sisters in Christ.  And we occasionally watch an exciting (albeit depressing) football game together. 
(photo courtesy of my friend abby)
Even though the Colts lost :(, it was a great evening.  And I am thankful to be in a community group (the "official" name for small groups at our church) that really is a true community. 

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
-Eccl. 4:9-12 (esv) 

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