River City Church - Smyrna, GA

Groups Sunday: Overcoming Hindrances to Community

February 16, 2020

Today, Josh and Jessica shared about the variety of groups that are available for the spring groups season. Josh also applied the "apprenticeship to Jesus" discussion to our invitation to enter into a group this season. We see, in Jesus, someone who is living in community and not just focused on his individual ministry or the ideals He espouses, and He is not intimidated by the many who do not accept His invitation to follow Him or who adamantly oppose what He offers. In community, we have the opportunity to share mutual loves, to live generously, to honor and celebrate with those around us, and to be vulnerable about the obstacles in our lives. Psalm 68:6; Matthew 4:18-20. 

Josh shared a couple of quotes today: (1) "Face-to-face conversation is the most human -- and humanizing -- thing we do. Fully present to one another, we learn to listen. It’s where we develop the capacity for empathy. It’s where we experience the joy of being heard, of being understood." -- From Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle, Ph.D.

(2) "The sooner this shock of disillusionment (that it will be easy and people will be perfect) comes to an individual and into a community, the better for both. Every human wish or dream that is injected into the Christian community is a hindrance to genuine community and must be banished if genuine community is to survive. He who loves the dream of community more than the community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter even though his intentions may be honest and sacrificial. The man who fashions a visionary ideal of community demands that it be realized by God, by others, and by himself. He enters the community of Christians with his demands, sets up his own laws and judges the brethren and God and himself accordingly." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer