Throughout the last month, the Pastors at Hope Church have been taking us through a sermon series called All In. The series has been a call for us to join together to belong, serve, grow, and invest in what God is doing at Hope. (This week we will finish the series with a message on reaching others with the Gospel.) A central element that has been discussed in the series has been commitment to each other. This commitment to each other and to the church manifests itself by participating in community.
One of the critical components of a Christian’s spiritual life is community. Gathering in community encourages us to persevere in times of tribulation and allows us to share our joy, and also to share in the joy of others. Community also allows us to traverse the valleys of pain and loss together, equipping each other with encouragement and love.
Hebrews 10:24-25 explores the result of Christians gathering in community: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Participating in community results in love, good deeds, and encouragement. It is with these things that a Christian is equipped to do battle against the world system in which we live. As Pastor Andy put it earlier this month, “The end of the world system begins with the commitment of Christians to each other.”
Next week, Hope Church begins its first term for Small Groups. Small Groups are just one of the ways that Hope Church is offering people to gather in community and participate in discipleship. There are various ways to become involved, but Small Groups are a fantastic option to begin in community with others. If you are attending Hope, I encourage you to give this first term a try and see what a small group might have to offer you.