Last Sunday morning I preached Galatians 6:1-5 and titled it Biblical Community. Community is one of the areas I am stressing at our church this year. I want us to be a church that genuinely seeks to know one another well enough (strengths, weaknesses, struggles, sins, etc.) to be able to genuinely know how to love and pray for one another. This, I think, happens best in smaller group settings.
At our church we have two different smaller group ministries. They do not compete with one another as they are meant to serve different functions. They are actually aimed at completing one another. We have Sunday School every Sunday morning for all ages. The goal in these classes is to study the Bible. Presently we are using The Gospel Project as our curriculum.
We have also recently launched our Care Group ministry. At this time we only have one Care Group, but it is our hope and aim that this will spread throughout SWFL. The primary purpose in these Care Groups will be fellowship, encouragement, and prayer.
Yesterday I was able to preach Galatians 6:6-10 and titled it Biblical Community: Part 2. It certainly does not cover everything needed when talking about community, but I pray it will continue to push us and cause us to think through how we are or are not living life together for the glory of God and the good of our souls.