Jump into the stream . . .

"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action."
– Benjamin Disraeli

Over the next couple weeks we’re going to be turning up the volume on the next GroupLink.  GroupLink is a two-hour event where you will connect with others and
form a community group. Community groups are small groups of around a dozen people that
meet weekly in someone’s home for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer.  That sounds so stale . . . so vanilla.  The fact is that we are all designed to be in community in our relationship with Jesus.  The Bible can’t be understood by a loan person sitting on a hill somewhere attempting to understand it . . . its only through working it through with other people that you can understand it.  The bible was given to groups of people to be read by groups of people and understand by groups of people.  It was hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years later that we got to the point where we somehow believed we could "know it all" as individuals.   To put it simply . . . your spiritual life is being hampered by not being in a group.  But it takes work . . . it doesn’t "just happen".

I love canoeing . . . there is nothing like being out in the middle of nowhere with just a small boat, three days of food, and a group of friends.  Canoeing on a river is even better.  Canoeing in whitewater is the peak of a good time.  The water flows the fastest in the middle of the stream.  That’s where all the speed is . . . where all the fun is.  But you know at the same time your paddling to get to the middle of the stream the water is pushing you to outside.  But once you are in the flow of the water . . . what a ride!  It’s the same with developing community.  It can take some work to get connected . . . to get into the middle of it all . . . but once you are in there . . . what a ride!  Don’t miss out on community.  You next step in your journey in make it out to GroupLink.  Take the risk . . . it’s worth it. 

Here are some words from people in Connexus who are connected to a Community Group.  Doesn’t community life sound great? 

"We challenge each other, support one another and pray for our families and marriages.  The Word comes alive as we work through scripture together making reference to relevant life issues.  Thanks to the priority each member puts on our time, our small group truly ‘Connexus’!"

"When we were going through some big decisions in February they all were there along side us cheering and praying for us..and when we made the leap to sell our house they waited anxiously and prayed again for us! Now that we have sold our house…first thing one of the couples said was…when is the moving date so we can write it on our calendar to be there to help you move!"

"Each one of us started looking for a small group because we wanted to meet other young Christian adults who we could relate with and really talk to and grow with. That’s exactly what has happened. We’ve all bonded really well!"

"For me, my group helps keep my faith fresh and real.  It’s like getting a front row seat on what God is doing here and now."

The next GroupLink is Saturday, April 26th from 7 – 9 pm at Georgian Manor Banquet Hall. 52 Morrow Road Barrie, Ontario   Email today:  groupsadmin@connexuscommunity.com

Rich Birch
rich.birch@connexuscommunity.com
Executive Director of Operations
Connexus Community Church

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