Connect. According to Webster’s dictionary, it is a verb that means to join or fasten together usually by something intervening. In a fast-paced, social media rich world, many of us find it difficult to find a real connection. Our THF Life Groups, Men’s and Women’s Ministries, and Family Ministry are designed to be places of authentic connection. Whether single or married, 20 or 70 years old, we provide social events, discipleship, accountability, and training for you to truly experience life to the full and share that life with your sphere of influence.
Q: What is that “something intervening” that the definition mentions?
A: The Good News of Jesus Christ.
If you are looking for meaningful, purpose-filled connections with others who will laugh and learn with you while we all fasten our lives to the Good News of Jesus Christ, this is your invitation to connect with us.
3 Things Happen When You Connect
1. You learn more about God when you connect with others at church.
Have you ever sat around in a circle with other Christians and shared your life stories? Or have you ever sat across from someone over coffee and heard about what God had recently done in his or her life? I bet your own faith was strengthened. I bet you walked away encouraged or inspired. That’s because God designed us to spur each other on in our faith.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV).
2. You learn more about yourself when you connect with others at church.
There have been so many times in life where I gained insight into who I was because I allowed someone to speak into my life. I have a mentor who, over the years, has seen things in me—both positive and negative—that I couldn’t see. When you open yourself up to others, you allow light to shine in some dark places.
Sometimes we need encouragement, advice, wisdom, direction, or a place to confess. God knew that finding connection with other Christians is the avenue for those things.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV).
3. You realize you are not alone when you connect with others at church.
I think the two most powerful words in the English language are, “Me, too.” When you relate to antoher person on the level of “this has happened to me, too…” something changes. You are not alone anymore. A connection has been made that brings to people and two souls together, in like faith, in like circumstances. And, my friends, that’s The Church. It has the power to pull someone out of the darkness of isolation.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV).
God never intended for us to do life alone. Relationships with other Christians reveal the power of the Holy Spirit in each of us, drawing us together and pulling us towards authentic community.
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For more information about our adult ministries and to connect with us, please contact Randy Bunyard at firstname.lastname@example.org.