34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:34-35

The call to live in community is one we all need, and in the days we are living, a call that is essential. Studies have shown, and continue to show, that when individuals isolate from one another, various emotional, social, physical, and spiritual effects ensue. We are in the midst of seeing this play out on the world’s stage. We, as the church, the ĕkklēsia, must continue to assemble. The church is not a building, the church is a gathered people, therefore, we will continue to meet in person every Sunday and throughout the week. Scripture (and research) is clear – we need each other.  In Hebrews we are exhorted,

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:23-25

I hope to see you in one of our Community Groups soon!

Jer Adrian – Lead Pastor

REGISTER for a Community Group HERE

What is a Community Group?

A group of individuals that gathers, cares for, encourages, challenges, and builds one another up into the good works they each have been given.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

What is the vision of Community Groups?

To make disciples of Jesus by way of interPERSONAL relationship.

  • Evangelize – the unbeliever to belief in Jesus
  • Disciple – the believer to maturity
  • Community – to live out the “one anothers” of Scripture – HERE

How do Community Groups do this?

Our groups will do this in multiple ways, but in the simplest form…

  • Look toward God
    • We will pursue God and grow in our love for Jesus. This may sound simple, but in our fallen world people seek to become their own gods. We often seek to live apart from God, preferring our independence over a relationship with our Creator. But through the Gospel, Jesus transforms our hearts and moves us to a place where we recognize God as Father, Saviour, and indwelling Holy Spirit! It becomes our joy to know, serve, and worship Him (Ephesians 2:1-3; 2 Cor 5:17).
  • Look toward others
    • Love one another. This means sharing each other’s burdens, knowing one another, praying for each other, and forgiving each other as Christ forgave us. New people are not left out, but drawn in as they experience the family of God living in light of the Gospel (John 13:35; Acts 2:42- 47, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
  • Look toward God’s mission
    • To share and be on mission – to make Jesus known. We are a family on God’s mission together. Our shared mission is made up of a neighbourhood or a network of people. For example: neighbours who live on your block or in your school district, young families with kids, single parents, coaches, college students, or recovering addicts. This mission is a blessing to be a part of, as we get to take part in God’s redemptive work in people’s lives (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:20).

What does this mean for you – someone that is in need of community?

This means you reach out and connect with one of our leaders who will help you get connected today. Personal ministry, like Public ministry and Private ministry, are incredibly important for us to participate in as the church. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you soon.

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