Having Church

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachingBF)’> and to prayer.BH)’> 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.BJ)’> 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.BL)’> in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.BN)’> daily those who were being saved. Acts 2

We attended the SALT meeting last night. We have gone to  the last three meetings and it has become a regular part of “church” for us. I really enjoy it because it contains elements of “church” as it existed in the first century but which have slipped out of modern Sunday morning church services: the communal meal and interaction between members or fellowship time. Oh on Sunday mornings we have a “meet and greet” period but it doesn’t allow for significant interaction between folks. For a church to become and to act like the family it’s suppose to be, there needs to be interaction. We need to know each other, before we can care for and pray for each other. We need to connect.

This is the purpose for this and other “connect” groups we have at Amana. The hope is for every one to be part of one of these groups. A word of warning however. Not all the “connect” groups are really connect groups. We call our 9 o’clock meeting on Sunday morning and our Wednesday evening meeting “connect” groups, but they lack the element of connectivity. These are two really great teaching sessions. I try to attend both. But neither provides the opportunity for sustained and substantial connectivity. 

I promise you that if you will find a group of fellow Christians that provides an opportunity for real connectivity, your life will be changed. Saturday, for example, we start preparation meetings for the November Kairos. We meeting each week before the retreat weekend for the specific purpose of building community among the team members. These meetings are the best examples of connect groups I’ve experienced. I participate in the Kairos ministry and love it as much for the connection I feel with the other volunteers as for the blessing of serving those in prison. Let me know if you would like to connect that way. nsigur@gmail.com.

Get connected, for real, and be blessed, for real.


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