Picture the New Testament church. Acts 2:42-44 describes a group of people devoted to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…all the believers were together and had everything in common…they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. This is exactly how I would describe my Life Group.
On Sunday night, we gathered at the home of Wayne and Debbie Kellis. It was a cold and rainy night, but that didn’t stop 17 of us from gathering together for a meal, fellowship, and a Bible study. It was no ordinary night by any means, but when is it ever? We are no ordinary group of people. We are a unique group of individuals that come from many different backgrounds, different ages, and different places in life. There is no doubt in my mind that God had a hand in forming our group, and I am so glad He did. I love our group! And I wouldn’t change a thing about it! In fact, there was a moment on Sunday night in which I looked around the room, and I thought to myself how very thankful I am for this unique bunch of people that has become my family. Most of us were gathered in the living room listening to the severe weather warning of a tornado that was spotted nearby, while the others were outside trying to pull a truck out of the mud. Some of us were reminiscing of storms that we had endured over the years, while others were on their cell phones contacting friends and loved ones to make sure they were safe. The funny thing was, none of us felt the slightest bit in danger. We talked about where we should hide out if the tornado were to touch down on this house, but we were glad to be in the company of who we were with. Eventually, we decided to go ahead with our study, and we ended up having a very meaningful conversation about what it means to be a person of integrity. The best part about this discussion was that everyone in the room, including the teenagers and young adults, contributed without reservation. Each person was honest in what they had to say, and no one felt like it had to be perfect, just real.
Eventually, the guys came in, completely soaked, but with smiles on their faces because they succeeded in getting the truck out of the mud! The rain subsided, and the tornado passed by without harm. Our Bible study concluded with a beautiful prayer all together, and we were able to enjoy some more fellowship before we all went home. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday evening! Although we all may come from different backgrounds, have different ages and different situations in life, we all share one thing in common…Jesus Christ. Our faith ties us together and makes us a family that can relate to one another in good times, and in struggles, in fear, and in peace. We are a family that loves one another and looks out for each other, even if that means standing in the rain and pulling a truck out of the mud, or standing side by side and pulling each other out of the mud. That’s the beauty of Life Groups! My hope and prayer is that you all are experiencing the joy of being a part of these small groups. If you are not, please let us know how we can help you get connected. I promise you won’t regret it!