Hi Friends,

This weekend we have the opportunity to gather again physically following the lockdown mandate from the Queensland Government.

And if we drill down into what it means to gather corporately together in worship, one of the things that we do in worship with others, that we don’t do in worship by ourselves is summed up in the word ‘together’.

We are made to worship, but there is something about gathering together as a community in worship that makes it more special, meaningful, and uplifting for our faith.

This is not to say that worshipping online is not worship. But when we gather with others we can more intentionally build relationship, encourage each other in our spiritual growth, pray for each other as we reach out into our community, and together we serve our community in response to the gospel.

Due to health reasons, government lockdowns, transportation, and other reasons we might not always be able to gather together – but what can we do then to ensure we are supporting all the members of the community in seeking to know Christ and also make Christ known?

So often we say ‘I haven’t seen such-and-such in worship recently’ and we seem to always push the problem onto someone else, a leader, the chairperson, the pastor, rather than taking the initiative ourselves to go and give that person a call, a text, a visit.

We seek to for whatever reason outsource our community building to someone we perceive to be an ‘expert’, rather than following our call from Jesus to encourage each other, serve each other and love each other.

This week, I would love for you to think about that person, or persons, or family and ask yourself how you can ‘know Christ and make Christ known’ to them. There are a thousand different ways for you to do this, but it will involve us getting outside of our comfort zone and seeking to connect with others in a meaningful way.

Because as we gather together more and more, building each other up, serving each other and the community, and reaching out to our community with the good news of Jesus – that is when we are going to see God’s Kingdom continue to grow.

That sounds exciting, that sounds like something I want to be a part of, so let’s be the change that we want to see!

Ben

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