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The gift of a good group
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
January 7, 2023

When I was growing up in the church, I had no idea that I needed a group. Thanks to my mother, I would show up at church every Sunday to hear about Jesus, a habit that led me to open my Bible at home and read more about Jesus. But did I connect with other Christians to pray for each other, confess our sins to each other, and forgive each other in Jesus’ name? I didn’t even think about that.

But the Scriptures mention it all the time. Listen to how one believer gushed about such groups: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). It is both morally “good” and emotionally “pleasant” when Christians can do life together without cliques, divisions, or unaddressed hurts but rather with mutual commitment, honest concern, and genuine love.

Make no mistake—a group like that is hard to create and maintain. Satan knows its power, so he fights and lies to prevent it, convincing too many of us that we are fine with a “personal relationship with Jesus.” But God knows its power too, so he gives us this clear reminder and promise to be with us as we take the next step to living in true Christian unity.

So what could you do today to be a living example of this passage? What step could you take to connect with another Christian and do life together? I’m not sure what that step is, but I do know it’s good to get one step closer to living together as the people of God.