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Have you ever felt alone? When I ask the question, I know it resonates with you because it resonates with me. I am confident that every one of us can think of a time that we have felt alone, isolated, and possibly discouraged. Maybe you felt that last week or something you feel on an ongoing basis. Though solitude is good for the soul, isolation is not.

We have this ingrained desire for meaningful connection and relationships. because it was built into us. God, Himself is relational in his own nature. This is one of the beautiful realities of the mysteries of God existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is this perfect harmony and community in this relationship that we call the three-in-one. This same identity for community was imprinted on us as the human race. In Genesis 2:18 God utters these words, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.". 

This is the first time in the creation story that God says something isn't good. Every other time, He stops, looks, and it says that "God saw that is was good". You see, in God's perfect plan we were never meant to walk this journey of life alone but connection, relationships, and community were intrinsic parts of creation and our existence. 

The Remedy To Isolation Is Connection!
There is this curious verse in the book of Hebrews that says, "not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing." (Hebrews 10:25) It almost seems shoehorned in the rest of the chapter. Like this blip or a rabbit trail that the author of Hebrews throws in there to make a disjointed point. It is placed in a chapter that starts with the truth about the cross, Jesus' sacrifice, and what is all means for us (Heb 10:1-18) and is written in the second section titled 'Call To Persevere In Faith' (Heb 10:19-39). It is no mistake that this verse is here and truly isn't a blip, afterthought, or rabbit trail but is a key ingredient to both walking out this faith journey and persevering through life. And what is this key? Community. 

I encourage you to read the whole chapter in its fullness but even if we take some of the few verses surrounding it, you get a fuller picture: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another. (Heb 10:23-35)

Now, let me be honest for a second. What I am not saying is that the moment you join a group that all your life problems will fade away but what I believe this passage is reminding us is that life can be hard and journeying it with others helps us not only persevere but cling to the hope that brings real freedom, success, and victory along the way. 

I Want That Kind Of Community!
When I asked the original question I was sure it resonated with you but I also suspect that the idea of this remedy of meaninful community also resonates with you. But you are also wondering where to start. Taking a step towards community can be scary. Let us take the guessing game out of it all and help make the whole process as simple and enjoyable as possible. We believe that life is better when you can walk it with other people. Here are three simple ways you can start towards getting connected and journey life with others:

1. NEXT EVENTS
Our NEXT EVENTS are the main place where you can find out how to get more connected and take a NEXT STEP and get connected, meet some new people, and engage meaninful community. This could be the first step towards walking life with others and grow deeper in your faith.

Our next NEXT event is on September 16th right after the service. This is not simply a information session but a place to experience what we are talking about. There will be food, fun, and easy ways for you to decide how you want to take a next step. Click here to find out more and sign up. 

2. Community Night & Alpha
We have two mid-week events starting up this fall that will be held at the church. These are both great opportunities to meet new people, make meaningful connections in a relaxed environment, and grow deeper in your faith. If you are looking for a simple step to start, this may just be it. 

Learn more about Alpha and our Community Nights. Both these groups will be highlighted at our NEXT EVENT including getting to meet their leaders and others who will join them this season.

3. Loads Of Groups/Events/Seminars To Choose From
We have quite a few other groups, events, and communities that you can check out. Our full list of groups and events can be found here. If we can help you in this journey, answer any questions, help make a first contact, or whatever, don't hesitate to reach out. You can email me at drake@gateway.ac or text at 5877720493.