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"How has God changed and transformed you as a result of the relationships in your group? How have you seen God change and transform others that you have become close to and live life with?
Last week Brian wrote about all that God is doing in our midst and how the gospel is continuing to grow and reach out (like a vine) throughout the Cornerstone family. As we look forward to 2016, Brian mentioned what that means for our Sunday services: we’re going to add a third service in February. But what God is doing at Cornerstone is about more than just a service. Today I want to take a moment to highlight what that growth means for our Community Groups.
God has been at work in our Community Groups this past year. There are countless stories of God’s provision and his work in the lives of people who are living in the context of community. Some have suffered incredible loss and their community has rallied around them to weep with them, comfort them, and show them the love of Christ. Others have been caught up in habitual sin this year, and their community has extended grace, accountability, and constantly pointed them back to Christ. Still others have experienced great joys and successes this year, and their community has rejoiced with them and been the family they just couldn’t wait to tell.
The truth is that most people in the Cornerstone family are already a part of these Community Groups. The number of people in Cornerstone's Community Groups has doubled in the past year. In fact, over 90% of our members are actively involved in a group. Community Groups truly are the heartbeat of our church, and they are the place where most of our discipleship happens. In every group, God is creating deep relationships where people are welcomed, befriended, encouraged, served, and grown deeper in the gospel that unites us.
So for those of you who are in a Community Group, I invite you to take this opportunity to stop and consider how you have seen God at work in your life and in your group. How has God changed and transformed you as a result of the relationships in your group? How have you seen God change and transform others that you have become close to and live life with?
I also invite you to consider how God might be calling you (and your group) to respond to the work he has done in your group. There are still numerous people in our church—and countless people in our city—who don't have that kind of community and support. How might God be calling you to make this kind of community more accessible to others so that more and more people can experience the incredible blessing of community like you have? This could mean starting new groups, multiplying current groups, or simply changing some of the dynamics of your group. Maybe this means simply continuing to do what you've already been doing.
For those of you who are either new to Cornerstone or are not connected to a Community Group yet, the new year is a great opportunity to enter into the core of what God is doing here in the Cornerstone family. If that’s you, one of our key goals in 2016 is to make groups more accessible to you. If you would like to get connected, we’d love to personally help you connect into a group that will be a blessing to you. The easiest way to do that is to email Pastor Matt directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will make sure you get connected.
We are overwhelmed at what God has been doing in our church family, and we are all praying that God would show us how we are called to respond to what he is doing here. How might you respond?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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