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Scripture repeatedly emphasizes the importance of doing life with one another. Listen to this reminder from Hebrews:
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT
Do you know why we are to meet together? It is not simply to check it off our list! … In fact, one of my personal pet peeves is to call our Saturday night, Sunday morning times as a service.
I don’t see these times together as our service to God, but I see it instead as our locker room time. In high school I played Basketball. I loved to play the game, now please note I didn’t say I was good at it, but I loved to play! A vital part of playing organized basketball is to have times of regrouping with the coach and your teammates in the locker room. This time is designed to motivate the team and to help each player play the game better, and to play it better together with others on your team. Our weekend worship gathering times are actually “locker room” talks to motivate us to live out our faith in an intentional way throughout the week as Jesus followers!
Now here is another important thing to understand from scripture and that is we aren’t just supposed to do this “one another” thing once a week … but actually every day! Listen to what the Hebrew writer said earlier in the book …
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:12-13 NIV
This is one of the reasons that we emphasize at Southwest Church the importance of small group fellowships. Now the summer time is sometimes a difficult time with everyone’s vacation schedule, VBS, camps, etc to be consistent in meeting every week. In fact we are encouraging our small groups to take a break from meeting together every week, but we aren’t encouraging people to take a break from doing “Life Together!” In fact, we have encouraged small group leaders to plan cookouts, fun outings, and/or outreach activities together throughout the summer. And it has been encouraging to be already getting some feedback from a number of the groups.
This summer, we are encouraging the SWC small groups to share with others through e-mails to the ministry staff and/or social media posts celebrating these times together as a group. It would be helpful to celebrate these opportunities to live “life together” by using the hash-tag #swclifetogether.
The primary goal of these small group meetings, outings, and events is that authentic, genuine friendships will develop so that we can truly learn to do life together. It is important to acknowledge that I don’t have this “relationship thing” all figured out, because the truth is that at times relationships whether it is in our marriages, in our families, in our neighborhood, in our church family … can be difficult! Personally, having good relationships isn’t easy and it takes great effort, but it is definitely worth it!