Jonah and I were talking about LIfeGroups today and how important it is that we meet year round and not simply during certain seasons. While talking, this post slowly developed, and we decided to share it with you! These are just some of the many reasons we meet during the Summer in LifeGroups.
1. Life Goes On. Ministry Goes On. – We don’t take a break from our relationships with God, so why would we take a break from growing inChrist with others? Life doesn’t stop, and neither does our great need to continually be connected with others in Christ. To press on and finish the race that we are in, we must continually realize that we cannot function without the Body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
2. Summer Should Equal Rest or Balance. – Even though Summer is a time of rest for kids and hopefully less stress for parents, it shouldn’t be a time that we take off from chasing after Jesus! More rest and free time doesn’t simply mean that we enjoy less stress, but it allows us to come to LifeGroups relaxed and ready to talk. It is easier for us to engage with others and grow together, when we are not stressed about everything else going on in life. The great key to Life in Christ is balance. – 1 Peter 3:17-18
3. Modeling For The Next Generation. – This really falls in line with #2. The next generation looks at what we are doing now and often overdoes it later. When we model that sports, multiple vacations, and school schedules dictate our commitment to growing in Christ with our Church family, we are teaching those after us to treat Christ as a PART of our schedule and not THE FILTER for it.
– Proverbs 22:6
4. Time to Grow as Families in LifeGroup – LifeGroups should give us the opportunity to grow as entire families, not just as adults. The summer gives us the perfect time for groups to meet not just one day a week, but to have family fun. Grilling out, movie nights, lake days, picnics, ultimate frisbee; friends spend time together because they enjoy each other’s company. It shouldn’t be a scheduling nightmare, simply call a few families in your LifeGroup and spend time getting to know them.
Those were 5 of our reasons that LifeGroups meet during the Summer and why you need to be a part of them. What are some of your reasons for meeting throughout the Summer in your LifeGroup?