James 2:15-17 says, “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing and you say, ‘Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well’ – but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
Serving the community around us is very important. Once a semester, groups will join together for a serve project.
Joel 2:12 “’Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’”
One of the best ways for us to continually “return” to having a strong connection with Jesus is to give up some of the distractions of this world.
1 Peter 4:10-11 “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”
Honoring the Sabbath is not a convenient thing we do when we can get to it; it is a command from God that grows our faith. One of the strongest ways we can grow our faith is to accept the fact that our work will never be done and that our God is enough to sustain us.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Every ten weeks, you will get to practice sharing the Gospel with someone, starting with your Oikos. Keeping the mission first is beneficial when you have others doing it with you.
Pslam 118:24 “This is the very day God acted— let’s celebrate and be festive!”
We are conditioned to move from one thing to the next. Once one thing finishes, another thing begins. We rarely slow down to reflect or to celebrate. All groups will have a celebration where they have fun and reflect on their group and its impact on their lives.