by Abraham Cremeens
“New Year, New You.” That’s a phrase we often use in January in association with all of the resolutions we make. Here at Kossuth, though, we have another “New Year” point in the calendar that aligns with the academic year. That means we are right at the launch of a new ministry year, and that’s something to get excited about.
Whether you are a student getting familiar with your new classes, a parent wiping the dust off of the morning routine, a teacher getting to know some new students, or anyone else adjusting to life after the summer, you are probably engaging something new this month.
With that in mind, I would like to draw your attention to important opportunities in biblical community during this coming ministry year. You can experience biblical community at Kossuth in several different ways whether it be in a Community Group, Discipleship Group, Women’s Ministry, our morning worship gathering, or prayer on Wednesday nights. The form matters far less than the heartbeat behind it. Let me explain.
I have been reflecting on Hebrews 10:24-25, which 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.
The context of this passage is especially important. The author of this letter spent the previous several verses articulating that Jesus Christ gave us access to God by his blood and sacrifice. Having been given access, we are then commanded to draw near to him in relationship with God. But this is where verses 24-25 color the passage in an important way. Our relationship with God is not an individual experience only; it is also a community experience. This means that we were not called to walk with God alone but to walk with him together.
The author says, “let us draw near” in verse 22. He says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope” in verse 23. He says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” in verse 24 (emphasis added in all three). Note also the important point in verse 24 that community is not just about how we are personally benefited but also how we can benefit others. These verses collectively teach us that walking with God is a community effort. In fact, this section ends with a warning in verse 25, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.”
The Scriptures are clear that God has designed us to need one another in our walks with him. There is great danger in isolation as Christians. So, as you prepare for a “New Year, New You,” I want to ask you how you plan to engage your church family in the months ahead. I offer some reflection questions for you to consider:
- How faithful have you been to the Sunday morning worship gathering? Has work, play, or travel diminished your participation in that weekly event? Are you both physically present and interactive with others?
- Are you involved in a Community Group, a regular touchpoint with a few other Christians who can help you and challenge you to align your life with God’s Word?
- If you are in a Community Group or Discipleship Group, have you taken it upon yourself to intentionally impact others in the group as Hebrews 10:24 calls us to?
Opportunities for biblical community abound. The real question is, how are you participating in them? Are they a priority for you or not?
I would like to encourage you to engage your church family in the ministry year ahead. I know life is busy, but God has clearly designed this as a priority for us. Is it a priority for you?
Note: If you would like to connect deeper into our church family but aren’t sure where to start, please contact Gami Ortiz, our Pastor of Worship and Connections. He can be reached by contacting the church office or emailing email@example.com.