08 Aug A Case for Close Community
In his celebrated work, Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes:
“The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.”
That’s why we say that people need circles, not just rows. It is one thing to sit nearby in a church service—singing songs, shaking hands and listening to a spoken message. It is another thing entirely to come together in a small group to share joys and sorrows, and to bring one another’s burdens before the Lord in prayer.
Will my Home Group be perfect?
In short, no. Each group consists of a collection of sinners, coming together for the common goal of sanctification. Bonhoeffer says it like this:
“The community of the saints is not an ‘ideal’ community consisting of perfect and sinless men and women, where there is no need of further repentance. No, it is a community which proves that it is worthy of the gospel of forgiveness by constantly and sincerely proclaiming God’s forgiveness. ”
This means that we should strive to develop a Home Groups culture that is built on the mutual agreement that God is not finished with us (and others in our Home Group) yet.
We want every person who attends Storyline to find deep relationships where they are known, loved and encouraged. It is difficult for Christian growth to occur in isolation, but in community, we are stretched and pushed forward in becoming more like Christ.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out more info about Home Groups. On August 13, a complete list of groups and sign ups will be available here.