Small groups are kicking off this week and I am so excited! (Side note: it’s not too late to sign up…it’s worth it!) Our group started and as I looked around the room there were so many incredible moments.
- Three people in the group were invited to North Creek Church by three other people in the group. Now they are walking side-by-side learning about Jesus together.
- There were two people in our group that I don’t know very well…new opportunities for friendships are what life is all about. I can already tell you multiple things I am interested in about each of them and I cannot wait to find out more!
- I love having new faces, but I also understand that longevity at a church is a precious gift. Some of the relationship in that room go back almost a decade already.
- We talked a little about our religious history and we have every story possible from our pasts: being raised in an atheist home, a former Mormon, a lot of Catholic backgrounds, raised in a Christian church… One person in our group said it best, “I tried another path, but in the end, I just wanted more Jesus.” Hmmm…sums up my life mission as well.
- Mark and I have cried deep tears of pain with several people in our group. It’s one of my greatest treasures in life to have walked alongside people during difficult times and watch Jesus triumph in the end. He ALWAYS comes through for people even when you think there is NO WAY that a situation can possibly be used for good. He is faithful.
- We ate together and enjoyed company. I think Bible study is SO valuable…we plan on learning about Jesus in this semester, but I also know that God highly values community. Don’t underestimate the power of just putting yourself in a room with other people on the same page as you. It is never a waste of time.
- Our kids hung out. One young man in our group has been my daughter’s friend for her whole life. Another girl just celebrated one year of attending North Creek after my daughter invited her to be a part. They are developing godly friendships that honor Jesus.
So, those are just some of the amazing nuggets of awesomeness that come out of community. We all have such busy lives, but I want to challenge you to make small groups and/or community a priority in your walk with Jesus. It never ceases to amaze me what I learn from other people!