“The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world … The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship.” --N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
**“[W]e live in interwoven networks of terminally casual relationships. We live with the delusion that we know one another, but we really don’t. We call our easygoing, self-protective, and often theologically platitudinous conversations ‘fellowship,’ but they seldom ever reach the threshold of true fellowship. We know cold demographic details about one another (married or single, type of job, number of kids, general location of housing, etc.), but we know little about the struggle of faith that is waged every day behind well-maintained personal boundaries. One of the things that still shocks me in counselling, even after all these years, is how little I often know about people I have counted as true friends. I can’t tell you how many times, in talking with friends who have come to me for help, that I have been hit with details of difficulty and struggle far beyond anything I would have predicted. Privatism is not just practiced by the lonely unbeliever; it is rampant in the church as well.” -- Vaughan Roberts, True Friendship
Ladies, one of the things that Covid-19 has revealed to me is our deep need for Christian community and our failure in developing true relationships with one another. This is the heart behind our small group ministry we are launching this fall called The Table. The Table is a gathering of 4-6 women that happens once a month, ideally around a table, creating a space where women can feel known and providing an environment for conversation about following God. If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to get involved in our women's ministry and join a Table Group. We hope to launch the groups in September, so sign up soon. -Rachel Forrest, Women's Ministry Leader
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