01 August

Making a Connection

Acts 2:46 “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.”


As the church was first spawned, they went to worship and praise God together, but a significant and important part of what they did was social, connecting with one another on a day to day basis. Other places in the bible, like 1 Corinthians 16:19 and Colossians 4:15, we see the church gathering within homes. As each week, we are encouraged to be the church, one aspect of being the church is that connection and fellowship with other believers


One of the things I am aware of is that the times I have grown most is when I have been able to connect with others in a personal way. I am grateful for friends we have made over the years. Friends that would come along side when we needed help and that we could be a blessing to when they had a need. None of these lifelines came from going to church, although we attended church and worshiped together, the connections that have had lasting value, encouragement and meaning have been the connections we have made outside of the church service. Small groups of trusted people where we could encourage, challenge and sometimes correct one another in our faith and life. Places where we could pray together, laugh together and sometimes cry together and encourage one another.


As we look to the fall, I encourage you to consider participating in a “Neighbourhood Group”.  Perhaps you could lead or host a group, but at least make it a priority to attend one. Committing to being the church will provide rewards beyond what you can imagine.


                                                                                            ……… Pastor Barry