Gospel Communities Often Become a Place of Family

In Ministry by James Ulmer

When Journey folks gather together in their Gospel Communities (GC) there is something that happens that develops compassion for each other. Not just in words about Jesus, but words that show Jesus. There is a living out of these words: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18). We also see this displayed in the call to action by Paul to the church in Philippi: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

Loretta Linden recently gave testimony of her experience within the GC led by Anthony Knight, who also leads our Young Adult ministry. She shared how blessed her and her husband, Dan have been as they experienced what it means to be in a GC that showed Jesus as Incomparably Glorious. You can sense the love that she felt in her words: “My husband recently had surgery and I developed food poisoning the day he was going to be released from the hospital. Our GC leader actually picked my husband up at the hospital and brought him home to me. All the members loved us (along with church members) with ongoing prayers, meals, and genuine concern.” This testimony shows light on why community in a GC is so important. It gives opportunity to live out the Word of God and experience it through a family setting.

The Lindens experienced what Loretta coined as “more like a family than just acquaintances.” Gospel Communities are where we all can be more than acquaintances, because just going to a service alone and not being a part of a group of fellow believers, leaves out the opportunity to develop a Spiritual Family that forms bonds where there is a chance to live together on many real levels. Out of that experience comes discipleship moments that teach us to be responsible in caring for each other as God calls His children to engage in.

Paul said to the community family of believers in Thessalonica. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

If you desire to experience what it means to have a deep fellowship in the Word and in the Family of God, then join in one of TJC’s Gospel Communities; your family is waiting for you to come join.

The Scriptures call us to fellowship. Often the following verse is centered around the idea of church attendance, but it can be applied to GCs as well. “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 10:25). We need to be in Godly fellowships to encourage one another, because then we know what it means to be in a family that cares, loves and provides for fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.

If you’re not in Gospel Community, sign up for Group Connect! Starting in October, we will offer Group Connect that includes a dinner option, childcare, and teaching/ discussion by Pastor Erik Reed following along with the upcoming marriage series “Two Shall Become One”. This is the easiest route to Join a Gospel Community at TJC by connecting with other leaders and participants.

Learn more about Group Connect at http://tjclive.com/gospel-community/group-connect/