Why do I need to join a connect group?
The church was instituted by Christ to facilitate genuine connecting. The church is where we connect with God and others. This was demonstrated by Jesus and His relationship with the twelve apostles. This community changed the world!
What would actually happen if those of us in the church actually connected to one another? God designed us to connect to one another. If it is God’s will for us to connect to one another, then it is satan’s will that we remain disconnected, isolated, and alone. Let’s not give satan his way.
Connecting can only happen in a small group. Despite what today’s society and social media world tells us, none of us can successfully connect with hundreds, much less thousands of people.
Connect groups provide fellowship. God knows that the best way to grow in our relationship with Jesus is not alone, but with others. This should be done more than on Sunday mornings. “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
Connect groups provide support and make a difference. We often reach out to someone for advice or support, or Google our problems. We must seek support from Godly people. Who more needed support than Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane preparing to take the sin of the world? When in a small group, we have support of fellow Christians. “Jesus said, `For where two or three come together in My name, there I am also.`” Matthew 18:20
Connect groups provide an opportunity for prayer. If we have a problem, this is a time to take it to God our Father with our closest fellow Christians. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Our connect groups at Poteau Church of Christ have been setup as a way for us to pattern the first century church found in Acts 2, and detailed in verses 46-47:
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Our connect groups create an atmosphere of care, accountability, spiritual relationships, service, support, and ultimately love.
Ephesians 4:16 “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
There are 54 ‘one another’ passages in the New Testament. Love one another. Pray for one another. Bear one another’s burdens. Confess your sins to one another. Forgive one another. Be kind to one another. Greet one another. Comfort one another. Encourage one another. We strive to be a ‘one another’ church!
We encourage you to be proactive and get into a connect group! Allow God to work in your life!