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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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Maybe you’re an extrovert like me—being around people gives you energy. Maybe it doesn’t because you’re more of an introvert. Maybe you keep your circle of community small and close knit. That’s fine, too.
We’re all made a little different and have unique core needs when it comes to community. But one thing we all have in common is that, whether it’s a core four or a big circle of best friends, we all crave genuine community and thrive in it!
Life is different, and we’re all feeling the changes in our own way. Our ability to meet together in person, to meet together every day in the “temple courts,” and even to break bread in our homes and eat together with glad and sincere hearts (Acts 2:46) has been taken away due to COVID-19. But just because we’re not able to gather together in person doesn’t mean we can’t experience and enjoy amazing, vibrant, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, and God-glorifying community!
Even from afar, through the magic of modern technology (such as online groups and tools like Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype), we can still devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, we can still have fellowship, and we can still devote ourselves to the breaking of bread and prayer (Acts 2:42). And friends, I promise you that, even though it may not be exactly the same experience you’re used to, even though you may not be able to share a pizza with your crew right now, or sit shoulder-to-shoulder as you study the Bible, or holds hands and pray as a group, it can still be a sweet, beautiful time where you can gather with others and enter His presence!
I believe God is using the current crisis to draw people to Himself. I also believe He wants to use you and your circle of friends, and your community to advance the kingdom.
How can you do that? One way is by hosting a new online group or joining an existing online group. Then, you can invite a friend, neighbor, classmate, or coworker who may not normally attend church or a small group at someone’s house to simply log on to your online group experience. Chances are they may be feeling the effects of self-isolation as much as the rest of us, so they may be much more receptive to share stories and have conversations they wouldn’t normally have.
I believe through this crisis, we have an incredibly opportunity to partner with the Lord in adding to the number of those saved; to those in God’s kingdom and family (Acts 2:47b). Amen?
Want to join a group? We have over 50 groups available for men, women, co-ed, married couples, Spanish speakers, and everyone in between. Head over to JoinAGroup.org right now to find the group for you!
Young adults (18–29), be part of the conversation every Wednesday night at 8pm! Join us on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube for a short, inspiring devotional and then hang out with us as part of an online group! Message us on Instagram or Facebook with your name and e-mail address to join a Zoom group.
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.