The Importance of Connecting
At Lincoln Hills Community Church (LHCC) we have ample opportunities for everyone to be involved in a small group ministry with visions of adding many more. But, why is it important for us to connect? Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 5:42
The birth of the church described in the book of Acts was a community of believers without a building; the church didn’t own a piece of property until centuries later. But in those early days the church experienced explosive growth. In fact, within a matter of a few months, the church included more than 5,000 people. All over the city, both in the temple courts (what we would call church services) and in house-to-house meetings (small groups), they were living out the five biblical purposes of fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism, and worship. In Genesis we find Adam in the most perfect environment known to humankind; the Garden of Eden. Still God uttered the words, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen 2:18). If Adam needed community in Paradise, how much more important is it for us to connect with people in our broken and sinful world?
So what is my role as Associate Pastor who will be focusing on connections?
If you have ever bought a house, you probably worked with a Realtor. You probably didn’t buy the first one you saw. When you didn’t buy the first one, your Realtor probably didn’t respond, “That’s a bummer because that’s the only one we’ve got. I don’t have anything else to show you.” No, that didn’t happen because Realtors are tenacious. They want to make sure you get connected and that they get a commission. Now I won’t get an extra commission if you are connected to a small group, but I sure will be tenacious in giving you the opportunities
Some churches are lackadaisical regarding small groups. Their attitude is if you join a small group, that’s great, but if you don’t, that’s okay too. Here at LHCC we have the mindset that individuals, and the church as a whole, will be better off when people are connected and growing spiritually. My job is to help you do that. Just like Realtors, we are working for a commission too – the Great Commission.
Your Faithful Servant,
J.R. Griggs, Associate Pastor