We talk a lot about Biblical community at Southland because we believe that without deepening relationships—with God and others—we won’t become the whole and thriving people God created us to be.
I realize that’s a strong statement, but it’s a truthful one based on God’s Word (Luke 10:25-28). As a church, we believe it so deeply that we work daily to try to provide you with better opportunities to grow in these areas. We love God, we love you, and we want His very best for your life.
So, after hearing all this talk about Biblical community and Life Groups, my question for you is simple: Do you have authentic, life-giving Biblical community?
It may be that the answer for you is yes. If that’s the case, praise God! Keep doing what you’re doing. Continue to love and be loved, bless and be blessed, and live out the life God’s called you to live!
But, if the answer for you is no, let me share a thought with you. Life moves quickly, work can be hard, and our families (as beautiful as they are) are often demanding of our time. We’ve got sporting events to attend, grocery shopping to do, doctor appointments to schedule, and houses that never seem to stay clean. The list alone can make us feel tired!
In these busy and challenging seasons, community can sometimes sound more like a burden than a blessing. But here’s what I’ve learned and what I’d like to suggest to you today: Sometimes, we need to let go of the things that seem most pressing, in order to make time for the things that are most important.
If you don’t feel connected to Jesus or others in the church, I’d encourage you to take a step back, ask God for wisdom, and reflect on your priorities as we prepare for the coming fall season. It could be that the very thing you think would drain you, is the very thing your heart needs most.
If you desire Biblical community, we’d love to see you at our next Launch Night event, where we get people plugged into Life Groups. It’s not just another thing to do. It’s the life we were created to live.