A few weeks back I wrote about the Elements of LIFT, one being “water” which I include again below:
Water- a metaphor of belonging together, moving (flowing) in a common direction and being intentional to create a community of believers to encourage, share and hold one another accountable! (Act 2:42-47)
The “churchy” word for this is simply fellowship, but whether we call it water, fellowship, community or just plain old hanging out with one another, it is a vital element of our church body, or any church body. So what does it look like to fellowship or be community or water together? Personally, I like the broad definition approach, meaning that it can look like many things. As it is written in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”, for me it is that simple, as two or more gather and are intentional to include Jesus in their time together (which as a Christian is hard not to as He is part of our essence as a believer) then Godly water/fellowship/community is present! So whether a few of us are at homes together sharing a dinner, meeting for a coffee, having kids playtime together or going skiing as a group, if we as believers are together, then the Lord is with us. Of course, it can also be more official, like congregating for a worship service, a Bible study or weekend retreat and even still leave room for a 2-3 minute break in a Sunday morning service to say hello to another at the coffee machine to be considered water/fellowship. Look below at the many opportunities to water together at LIFT and grow our faith together. Ladies coming together to encourage new mothers/families, Bible studies, retreats, kids events, family BBQ’s (Braii’s) and even crazy grown up “boys” get adventurous together this Saturday to play “painball” (of course, I mean paintball and it’s not too late to join us)!
It’s exciting to see how we are growing together in our relationships and I believe it is very healthy and strengthens our individual relationships with God. I hope you are finding that you have a place to “belong” at LIFT and that together we are part of God’s family!
In closing I encourage you to sometimes invite others to your home for a meal or coffee to get to know on another better. The verses from the above Water statement in Acts 2:46-47 writes, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Looking forward to watering together as our LIFT journey continues! See ya Sunday at Vorstadt as Chas will be sharing the morning message!
In His grip and grace,