Last post I talked about “the pulse” – our Connection Cards. But what gives the pulse life? The heartbeat. And the heartbeat of the Bridge is the Connection Group. Connection Groups are otherwise known as small groups or Bible studies. These groups come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – men’s, women’s, co-ed, youth, on Sundays, or midweek, with childcare, without childcare, etc. Some of our Groups are ongoing, and some are close-ended. But why are they the heartbeat?
Connection Groups are the heartbeat of The Bridge b/c we believe they are the place where real life is encountered. Sunday mornings are great, and hopefuly life-changing at times. But Sunday mornings are a larger mass of people where we can easily blend in and get lost in a crowd. Growth happens on Sundays, but it is only a part of the equation of how we grow and develop spiritually. At The Bridge, we really believe that being a part of a Connection Group is essential to a healthy spiritual life. Connect groups are a place where we are known, cared for and encouraged in our walk with God. Connect Groups are a chance to go deeper, learn more, and put into practice what we learning.
Making the step to be a part of a Connection Group is not always an easy one. Some people jump right in, but others aren’t as inclined. Many of us are a little more introverted and prefer to keep it that way! Even so, I really believe that being a part of one our groups is vital to spiritual growth. Introverted or extroverted, we need others to help us grow. The Bible speaks repeatedly of how followers of Christ are to “love one another” or “serve one another” or “forgive one another.” There are TONS of these “one another’ statements! And we can’t “one another” one another unless we are in relationships. Connection Groups are where these “one anothers” are able to happen.
Anyway…join a Connection Group! They are AWESOME! If you want to make that plunge, check the box on your Connection Card Sunday or fill out a request on our website to join a group @ http://bit.ly/3VACluand write “Connection Group” in the “Comment” section!