“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel...”
I am thankful for my community group. Corporate worship and teaching is wonderful, but it doesn’t give you the time needed to truly connect with people. A community group provides a better platform to do so. (Other churches often refer to them as small groups.) And we social creatures - that is, humans - need our connection fix!
A community group is a place where we can bear one another’s burdens, hold each other accountable, pray for one another, learn from one another, and serve with one another, just to name a few things. In short, it is an essential tool to help unify us so that we may stand firm and strive together for the faith of the gospel.
This is another reason that I am so thankful for My Church: it is so connection-based. We were immediately able to get connected with other people. In fact, we learned how to do so upon coming to this church. The Lord has truly blessed us.
If you struggle with connection, get plugged into a community group, but don’t stop there. Get together with one or another couple from your group at some other time during the week. Like I said, it is a better platform to help you connect. That doesn’t mean it’s the be-all end-all. Your social needs go deeper than just checking in and out of a group. You should also develop one-on-one (and two-on-two if you’re a couple) relationships with your group members. This is how you really get to know and serve one another.