“We belong to each other!” I’ve been thinking about that statement a lot over the last few days and how that statement practically plays out in the life of the local church.
Paul writes, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:16, NLT)
So how do we, His Church, practically “lead a life worthy of our calling”? What are some specific things we can do to begin experiencing this community we keep talking about?
First, make an effort to get connected in smaller groups within the church. It’s no secret that you can sneak in and sneak out on a Sunday morning and never be noticed. Find a smaller community group in which to get plugged in. It doesn’t have to be a life group; those are just one of many ways to begin building community at Southern Hills. Consider one of these connecting points as well…
- 3 women’s Bible studies happening throughout the week (Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning)
- men’s Bible study on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning at the church
- a women’s group focused solely on moms meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month
- 4 mixed gender adult elective classes meeting on Wednesday nights
- a “starting point” life group meeting on Sunday nights
- a support group for people struggling with addictions of any kind meeting on Thursday nights beginning September 17
- a “divorce care” support group for people facing the challenges and pains of divorce meeting on Thursday nights
Secondly, make an effort to get plugged into ministry at Southern Hills. One of the absolute best ways to build community with other believers is to serve with other believers. There are numerous areas of ministry to volunteer in all throughout the week, from working with children and youth to cleaning buildings and cooking meals. If you’re looking for a place to get plugged in, fill out this form and someone from the staff will contact you.
Finally, be more intentional this week with the community of believers that God may have already placed in your life. How?
- When someone crosses your mind this week, pray for them. Maybe even shoot them a quick text to let them know you’re thinking about them, or to ask them how to pray for them specifically.
- Send a note of encouragement (maybe even a gift) to someone that needs encouragement.
- Invite a family or individual to your house for dinner.
- Create intentional times to be with your family, to practice Biblical community together. Do something different. Think outside of the box!
- Get creative!