Being part of a huge crowd can be exhilarating – there’s something thrilling about being part of the roar of 48,000 people at the Adelaide Oval. It can also a pretty good feeling to be at a party with a hundred of your closest friends. But bigger is not always better!
It’s ironic, but it’s also in these kind of contexts that I have experienced the few deep moments of loneliness I’ve had. To be in a sea of people who don’t know you deeply and care what’s going on under the surface can be an isolating experience, despite the surface connection with others.
As great as the big group experience can be, when it comes down to it, all of us need contexts of small togetherness as well. That’s why it’s important to be part of one of our Grace Network small groups. They offer a place in which you can get to know others in the church at a much deeper level, where you can engage with God’s word at a much more personal level, and grow as a Christian.
God made us to revel in the excitement of the crowd (just think of that great day when we stand before Jesus with hundreds of thousands of brothers and sisters and roar in praise of his name – Revelation 7:9-10), but he also made us to want to know others and be known by others – and by God (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Will you answer the call to small togetherness? Grab a small groups form from infocentral and join one today!
Sam Bleby (Associate Minister, Grace Trinity Gardens)