Growing Always, Together

May 11, 2022 | Andy Lynch

Roughly half of our church is involved in some kind of a group!

That is super encouraging to me, as the Connections Pastor, to see so many people as members of a life-changing community.

But then I think about the other 50 percent who don’t have that kind of spiritual community. Sure they can grow individually by reading the Bible and listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit, but there is so much more available when we study the Bible and do life together.

I think of what Jesus said in His Great Commission.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Go and make disciples. 

What does that mean? What does it take to make a disciple? Here’s where it starts: One person with at least one other person.

Maybe you’re saying, “Well that’s obvious, Andy.”  

But this morning, as I was reading that passage, it hit me. Everything Jesus mentioned: baptizing, teaching - it involves more than just myself! Jesus doesn’t ask you to disciple yourself! He told the disciples that they needed to go and disciple other people. It wouldn’t just magically happen by sitting alone on a rock in Judea, or Samaria. 

Jesus has the same call to us today.

Becoming more like Jesus is not a solo adventure! Yes, we totally need time alone with our Savior, but we also are designed to do life in community and to grow with others.

That’s why we are so excited about our new plan for Groups! We want to give you, the church, a clear pathway to find community and to grow, as we become more like Jesus. So starting in August we will do two new things, as a church.

  1. We will go to a semester schedule for Groups. 

Groups will meet consistently between August and Thanksgiving for the first semester and then again, consistently from January until Memorial Day. We will ask our church to commit to these times and to be faithful and engaged for those two 4-month long semesters. Let’s go All In on this! 

2. We want to equip you to thrive spiritually! That means we will be giving groups content that goes along with our Sunday sermons.  

Our Executive Pastor, Brett Cadwell, explains it this way, “We believe that a group is the best place to take what we hear from one voice on Sunday morning then unpack it together and apply it personally.”    

At Kingsway, we want to be immersed in Jesus' call to make disciples. We want you to be a part of it. Reach out to me if you need a group or feel called to help others become more like Jesus!