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Community Group: Helping Us Through Life’s Journey

My wife and I have been involved in a community group for the past nine years. We became part of a group one year after we got married. Through the years we have added two little ones to our family. Looking back at the many transitions we have had over the past nine years, I can see how having a community group has helped us through life’s journey. The connection with other followers of Christ who are struggling and have struggled with many of the same issues that we were and are going through has been a lifeline to us. In our lives our community group is a huge way in which we can be part of the body of Christ: receiving and giving support in many different ways. Group has been a source for spiritual growth, service and friendship.

On a spiritual level, our group has been an avenue to grow and stretch us. Having a way to verbally talk through my thought processes about Scripture and ultimately about Christ and my relationship with Him has grown me spiritually. I know that if we were trying to live out our lives isolated from the body of Christ and only going to Sunday services, our spiritual walk would not be where it is today. In a church that is as large as Grace, it would be easy for us to slip in and out on a Sunday and not make any true connections with the body of Christ. Our community group is a way we make that connection.

Group has also provided ways to serve whether it was serving and supporting each other within the group or serving and supporting people or organizations within the community. It has always been exciting and inspiring for me to serve with others. This serving has also seemed to act as a catalyst to grow and stretch people in spiritual ways as well.

Over the years, Group has been a place where deep friendships have grown naturally; ones that we will value for the rest of our lives no matter where we live.

Without Group over the past ten years, I know that we would have missed out on spiritual growth, serving opportunities and friendships. Thinking about what I would have missed out on is a reminder to me about why we need to be involved in a group. I am excited to see what God has in store for us in the next nine years.

Lever Lee

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