I love this picture of the beginning of the church in Acts 2:
'42 They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. 43 Everyone around was in awe - all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! 44 And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. 45 They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met. 46 They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, 47 as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. '
I had the privilege of visiting one of our StoneBridge Table Groups (Home Groups) on Sunday night. It was beautiful to see this small microcosm of StoneBridge coming together in a home on a Sunday evening. I got to sit back and watch them have a time of worship together, share with one another, express doubts and questions, dig into God's Word together and wrestle with it, and constantly encourage and listen to each other.
I was talking to one of the members about what made this time so special and she replied that 'they were like family.' Indeed, you don't really know the joy of Christianity until it goes from a religious activity to a family where you belong. It reaffirmed for me the power of community. It is in these little house gatherings where people really flesh out their Christianity, open up with others they trust, and begin to understand and experience the love of God. So if you haven't taken a step to get connected with other Christians like this, then I encourage you to take that step. Learn more about a Table Group at http://www.gostonebridge.com/tablegroups/