An Act of Obedience
By: Anna Finch
Why is community so important in the lives of church members? For members of FBCC it is clear that spending time diving deeper into God’s word and encouraging one another changes lives. Gathering together for a time of open and honest conversation centered around God’s word gives members of Community Groups the opportunity to love and support one another. As followers of Christ, we are called to “be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8).
It has been a neat experience, while growing up, to witness my parents and their friends come together to open God’s word and discuss the morning sermon and how it is applicable. FBCC members could spend their Sunday evening relaxing and preparing for work and school the next day, but many are blessed by making community a priority. For most kids, they easily pick up on things that really matter to their family, and seeing their parents eagerly share with a small group what the Lord is doing in their lives will impact the way their kids walk with the Lord.
When asked about community groups Amy Sikes shared, “Community is important to me because I believe we all need support from one another to celebrate the good and get through the difficult times. It is comforting to me to have a group of like-minded friends to share life with and be completely relaxed with. Community Group has impacted my walk with the Lord in many ways. It gives me accountability in listening to the sermons and being prepared to share, and also giving me a deeper insight into the word by hearing others’ perspectives on the lesson. We have the opportunity to lift one another up in prayer in a smaller intimate setting. The Lord has definitely used our time as a source of encouragement and support in multiple situations. We have had special times of prayer for urgent needs, and we have been able to talk and listen to each other during different difficulties. I make going to Community Group a priority because I enjoy fellowship, and I also believe it is important for my walk with the Lord to be a part of small groups.”
Are you living as obedient followers of Christ in Christian fellowship? If you have been putting off joining a group and making the time in your schedule, I would strongly encourage you to join one of FBBC’s Community Groups. Yes, being open and transparent is not always easy at first, but do not miss out on the chance to have your brothers and sisters in Christ rally around you and be a great source of support. The Father is moving in the lives of His people as they strive to live lives that reflect and honor Him.