If you have been around Christ Chapel any length of time, you have likely heard Pastor Jerimy refer to the early church in the book of Acts or mention the phrase “Circles Not Rows.” This is something we strongly believe in!! Here is the scriptural basis…
The Community of Believers – Acts 2 The Passion Translation
42 Every believer was faithfully devoted to following the teachings of the apostles. Their hearts were mutually linked to one another, sharing communion and coming together regularly for prayer. 43 A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. 45 Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them. 46 Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts and tender humility. 47 They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were coming to life.
Finding community and people to do life with is not always easy, but it is scriptural and so important. We all need people in our lives who help lead us closer to Jesus. We also need people who will help carry our burdens when they are too heavy and to stop us from throwing in the towel when we want to give up. Even the strongest people go through times of weakness and need help. One of the biggest lies the enemy will speak to you is that you don’t need anyone and can do things on your own. A dear friend of mine regularly says “nothing good happens in isolation.” We all need each other for so many reasons! When the good times arrive, it’s always more fun to have people to celebrate and rejoice with. Healthy relationships help you live a healthier life.
Friendly Caution: If you hang around people who tend to have negative things to say about everyone, those people are likely not going to lead you to healthy community. In fact, they are probably talking negative about you when you are not around. How someone talks about other people says a lot about their character and what is in their heart.
You might ask, “How can I find a good community of people to do life with?” Many people do life alone because they do not pursue other people. It could because of fear of rejection or they just don’t know how to build relationships. Instead of asking someone to get together, many folks want to be asked to connect. It doesn’t have to be that way! You will be amazed at the relationships you can build over asking someone to have a cup off coffee, lunch or dinner. It’s not uncommon for life-changing community to start around a table.
There is ALWAYS the option to join a Community Group at Christ Chapel. You don’t have to wait until the next round of sign ups… you can dive in now. I’d personally love to meet you!