Lean In To Community

I loved everything Pastor Bryon had to say this past Sunday…from Consider and Confess to The Apostles Creed, I was here for every single second of it. I love what He had to say specifically about what happens when believers meet together. In his message, Pastor Bryon referenced Acts 2.42-47 as a response:

"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day   they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2.42-47 NIV

I know that the past six months have been difficult; personally it would have been much worse had I not made it a priority to stay connected to a few friends. Whether it was over FaceTime or Zoom, my friends and I made it a point to continue to keep each other accountable, to pray for one another; we spurred one another on in faith and kept in prayer. Pastor Bryon concluded his series of messages for September by talking about not neglecting to meet together (Hebrews 10:25).

I don’t know where you fall personally on the spectrum of comfort when it comes to meeting with your church family, but I want you to know that Kingsway offers so many different types of life groups. There are some on Zoom, some will meet outside, some indoors, this is all to say that there are many options for the body of Christ to gather at this time.

I personally have been so impacted by life groups, the one I’m in now is led by one of the wisest couples I know, they create room for honest conversation about things like unity and godly love. A few months ago they prayed reverently for me when I fell ill and showed up in tangible ways. We are made better by the people we surround ourselves with… I know that’s the case in my own personal life.

I’ve grown up at Kingsway and I know that there have been times where I have hesitated to join a group or to dig deep into community (I’m a self professed introvert!), but as I look back every time I have decided to lean into community I have been positively impacted by the people and their stories, and the encounters that I have had.

If there ever was a time where we have desperately needed community, I believe that it is now. So lean in to community, to fellowship, to meeting together…you’ll be made better by it.

by Beatrice Anyanwu
Beatrice was born in Nigeria but has called Pennsauken, NJ home for the majority of her life. She is the oldest of 4 and is currently a college student studying Biology (of all things!). She started attending Kingsway in 2009 with her family and started serving when she was a student in REVO. Beatrice loves books, so when you see her, ask her what she’s currently reading! Although she loves science and the arts, Beatrice has a passion for younger generations coming to know and engage in authentic relationship with Jesus.