Spiritual growth happens when we worship, connect, serve and give.
When it comes to 'connecting', unfortunately, we have today what I call 'cotton candy' relationships. These are relationships that are just connected enough to make you feel full, but not enough to be healthy. Our relationships need to be deep, biblical connections where we are vulnerable, challenge each other, and grow together.
We need to be connected in community in groups of people that grow together and care for each other.
In case you missed Sunday, we have extended an offer to a new discipleship pastor to help us at Rockland do just that. David Brown has accepted our offer and will be moving here in May when he graduates from Dallas Seminary!
Here are some comments directly from David himself about how 'connecting' in biblical community has impacted him over the years.
Dear Rockland Community Church,
Greetings from Dallas Texas! My wife Lisa and I are eager to join you soon and in the meantime, it is my pleasure to share with you a little bit about how being in community has affected my life. Raised by missionary parents, for most of my life I have had consistent community with fellow Christians. In my teen years I discovered the tremendous joy and love that comes with being a part of the Body of Christ. In years since any time I ever moved to a new place it was my top priority to find a good church to fellowship with because I hungered to be in community with fellow members of Christ’s body. I had felt and seen the impact of that in places I had been previously.
Jesus has inspired my love for the Church to grow over the years as He teaches me just how much He loves His bride, and as a result it is one of my greatest passions to disciple others in their love not only for Christ but for His Church. I echo the words from the author of Hebrews, “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25.
God bless you, Rockland Community Church! I look forward to getting to know all of you better in the near future!
Your brother in Christ,
Challenge yourself: Where am I really known? With whom am I growing? Who is caring for me and for who am I caring?
Connecting in biblical community has been essential for me over the years and I want that for you, too!
See you Sunday!