*This blog post was written by Landon Jordan, who will be launching a Greensboro all guys Community Group in February.
When I think of Community Groups, I immediately think of the significance it played in the early Church found in Acts 2:44-47. “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
As a church OF Community Groups, this is our call and it is an essential and pivotal part of our daily walk with Christ. The same gospel that saved, sanctified, edified, and spurred on the believers in the early Church is the same gospel that we live out today. This should give us immense hope as we rally around Christ’s redeeming work in community.
What excites me about Community Groups is the fact that it has been critical to my own growth as a believer. A couple weeks after becoming a believer, I was invited by a friend to attend the Summit Church in Raleigh where I soon became part of a Community Group. Having never been around a gospel-centered community, I was amazed at how everyone loved and actually cared for each other. This group was radically different than anything I had ever been associated with simply because they were knitted together by the gospel. As I continued to go, I constantly was blown away by how they were so willing to come alongside each other in their struggles, joys, and daily interactions. These were real people living out a mission that wasn’t theirs; it was the mission that Christ had called them into by making a way through the Cross.
However, I never really opened up, communicated, or exposed myself in this group setting. It had nothing to do with the Community Group; instead it was my lack of investing time in these people who were so willing to invest in me. I quickly found out that a Community Group is only as good as what I make it to be. Seeing the biblical importance of Community Groups really pushed me to finally begin to attend regularly and be transparent and real with my struggles, delights, and my walk with Christ. By His grace, Community Groups have been instrumental in my walk with Him ever since.
If you are on the fence about joining a Community Group or you are in one and struggling with understanding that discipleship happens in community, my challenge for you is to open up and make the step towards commitment.
I’m pumped about launching a new group in a couple weeks simply because of what we are promised through Christ. I’m excited to see where our group leads by His grace.