Posted: November 6, 2015 by Nick Sandeno, Student's Pastor
My wife, Lauren, and I recently joined a new lifegroup. We’ve been a part of lifegroups in the past – groups of friends that lived in some proximity to one another would meet sometimes weekly or at the minimum, bi-weekly. We would discuss the Sunday message big idea, catch up on life events, share a meal, and then be on our way. We’ve loved our lifegroups! They’ve meant a lot to our family through the birth of three daughters as well as so many other life events. But something is different this time. Something is different about this new lifegroup.
“And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father,” – Colossians 3:12-17
I grew up in a small farm community, attending a high school of just under 500 students. Growing up I’ve had two different communities, my church community and my local farm friends. But never, before now, have the two communities become one in the same. I have so many good and bad memories of my high school days. I just never dreamed that God might be working in the heart of a guy who was in my World Geography class to one day be part of the body of Christ along side me. In my new lifegroup, eight of us attended the same high school, and the two that weren’t in high school with us were in school with one another.
This makes me look at the world around me differently and should cause you to do the same. Who around you might God be preparing to join you in allegiance to the same King? I don’t live in two different worlds, where my local community and my church are separate. My God has moved in the lives of so many and continues to move throughout so many places in my life. I’m so grateful to see my friends experience the same love and grace that has been afforded to me. I pray that you find the same love and grace in a community of your own through the Lifegroups ministry at the Village. If you have any question about lifegroups or want to get connected, contact me.