Thursday, September 27, 2007

Community Service -- the voluntary kind.

This past Sunday, our church kicked of a wonderful campaign entitled “40 Days of Community.” The goal of these next 5 ½ weeks is not only to attend all of the Sunday services but to participate in “Life Groups.” My wife and I attended our first Life Group meeting on Wednesday evening with five other couples in their 30s and 40s.

In a church of thousands, it’s real easy to do the Sunday thing by sitting in the same pew, soaking in the sermon and then making a b-line for the parking lot without ever talking to other attendees, much less cultivate relationships with them. These Wednesday night endeavors will help in that we will develop a sense of “community” with church members we may not have met otherwise. It also helps us realize there are other Christian couples enduring similar struggles in a world so harsh to condemn or mock Christianity.

The ultimate goal of all Life Groups is to come up with a service project. This is not about helping someone already in our Life Group or church ---we must be in the community.

I am looking forward to discussing ideas with our Life Group about service within our community. It’s one thing to talk about the love of God. But it’s more powerful to allow His love to shine through us. And one way to demonstrate His love is giving of our time and effort.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10


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