Building community; building the Church – God’s calling in my life
The big decisions in life can only be made in light of what God has called us to do. Without God there is no true purpose for life and I truly believe that. Even for people in the world who are on a journey that doesn’t intentionally include God; their lives all have a purpose in God’s ultimate plan.
In light of this my husband and I have decided to take a step of faith and lead a small group in our home. We’ve started Connect Group training through church and we are on a journey to help edify others in their own life travels.
In making this decision we’ve had to pray and allow God to guide us in what we needed to do to make this work for us. One of the biggest changes we had to decide upon was stepping away from the worship team. Not an easy decision; choosing to follow where God leads isn’t always easy. However, a decision that I know will be rewarding in the long term. Still not a decision made lightly.
On my end I’ve been in the Riverview worship team for almost 9 years and all that time I’ve not had a break (except for when I was sick). On my husband’s end he’s been in worship teams on and off since he was in his late teens, so quite some time. Going by that, I know, God willing, that we will be back in a worship team some day; it is a huge part of who we are as followers of Christ. But, in this season of life as a newly married couple it is time to move on to the next step.
We’ve been looking to join a small group for quite a while now, but there really wasn’t somewhere for us to fit. I’d been in a young adults group a few years earlier and so I know and value the need for small group community within a church such as Riverview. It’s a large church and so easy to get lost within the crowd. And one of the most important things in ones faith journey is that we are not meant to do it alone. We were created for relationship: with God and with each other.
I hope and pray that this next step in our journey will strengthen our relationship with God, with each other and the community that we will hope to form within the larger church community.