Life Group for us was always an integral part of our lives, and therefore we made it a priority from our early days of attending church, and still do today. When we decided to follow Christ, attending church and Life Group was important not just because it was encouraged, but it was where we could fellowship with other Christ-followers – people who all had a common goal: to serve and worship the King of Kings.
Hebrews 10: 24 -25 says: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” We wanted our children to grow up in an environment where they would learn about the Gospel and grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as they developed in their personal relationship with the Lord, so we decided that attending church and Life Group would not be something we would compromise on. We developed a habit as a family that, unless we were very sick or we were out of the city, we would never miss a church service or a Life Group meeting. We took our little kiddies with us to Life Group and often they would fall asleep on the lounge floor in the home where we were meeting. It wasn’t long before we started leading a group, and there again, our children were accustomed to people visiting our home regularly for Life Group – it was a way of life.
When we were confined to our homes at the end of March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it meant we could no longer meet together and enjoy the personal contact and fellowship we were accustomed to. So we immediately set out to continue our Life Group meetings on Zoom – and have done so every week for the duration of Lockdown. One of the joys, when we start the Zoom meeting, is watching the faces of our friends light up as they see each other on the screen. The interaction and discussion is alive and full of fun as we share and finally conclude with prayer – just like we would if we were in someone’s lounge. We have even broken bread together on Zoom! (In Acts 2:42 Luke says “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”)
Friends, if you are not part of a Life Group, now is the time to join! It is vital that in this season of separation and distancing, you connect into a group as soon as you can. We need to fellowship with fellow believers so that we can not only bless others and serve them but, as the word says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “encourage one another and build each other up.”
We are blessed that because of technology, we can still meet and have fellowship. And, let me tell you, not only have we used technology to meet, but also to send stories, videos, scriptures, prayer requests, jokes, games… We’ve even had daily video clips of fitness classes put on by one of our group members who has kept us well entertained! The whole point is to ensure people are never alone…they are just a click of a button away. Yes, my friends, maybe we are not meeting in our beautiful church buildings at the moment, but through our online services, online devotions, prayer meetings and our Life Groups the Church is very much alive and growing!