Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Americans are more connected than ever. We’re annoyed when we send a text message and don’t get an instant reply. We can have a crystal-clear video chat with a relative on the other side of the world. Yet for all our connectedness, many people still live in isolation.
One of the reasons this has happened is that our constant connectedness has led many of us to neglect meeting together. Too often, virtual connections have replaced the real life human connections. People choose a screen over sitting together and having face to face conversations over a cup of coffee, and it has been exposed as a cheap substitute. If we want to really love one another and encourage one another we need to meet with one another.
This is what Lifegroups are all about: provide an opportunity to “do life together” with other Christians at Restore. They are intentional community. Lifegroup members block out a portion of their schedule and commit to meeting together with the other members of the group. Members pray for one another, encourage one another, and share what is really going on in their life. Each group has a leader who makes sure that this community is really happening.
“Community” is one of the core values at Restore. We believe that every Christian should have meaningful relationships with other Christians that provide encouragement and support as they go through life. Lifegroups help us accomplish that task by ensuring that every person at Restore has chance to be loved and encouraged to grow in their faith each and every day.