We live in a society more commitment-averse then ever before. People are choosing to remain single for longer, while having children is delayed or even rejected all together.
Not so long ago it was commonplace for an employee to spend their entire career with the one company. Now people change jobs every few years. Today commitment is something to be avoided, not celebrated. Unfortunately, this attitude has found its way into the church, especially in the West, with many people happy to sit on the sidelines and never commit. In other words, many people are happy to believe, but would rather not belong. Many people are happy to receive, but don’t want to give; to be served, but not to serve. The result being, church has become more a place to attend, than a people to belong too. But is this really what God desires for His church? Not at all!
Jesus has made us family (Eph. 2:19). A family that is committed and has certain responsibilities to one another. In the same way that Jesus is committed to us (Jn. 10:27-30; Rom. 8:29-30), he calls us to commit to one another. The author of Hebrews writes: Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13) We need this mutual commitment to one another.
Why? Because we are not yet free from the entanglement of sin and self-deceit. Sin is deceptive and it will always deceive us first. This is why you cannot live the Christian life alone. None of us are safe living separated and unknown. To walk with and grow in Christ is a community project. So what is the most important thing you could do in 2014? It is to reject apathy and commit to God’s people by joining a Growth Group.
Growth Groups are the primary place where community occurs at BPCC, as we gather in smaller groups than Sunday allows, for fellowship, care, accountability and study. The goal is to have many different Growth Groups running in 2014, meeting at many different times and locations.
This Sunday, you will be given an opportunity to sign up for a Growth Group.