“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42-47).
Designed for Relationships
God didn’t create us to live in isolation—He designed us for relationships. We were hardwired to connect with God and with each other. And when we experience connection like this, we experience shalom (peace and wholeness)—the flourishing life.
Here’s the problem: Sin fractures our relationships with both God and others. The result is alienation, suspicion, insecurity, and hostility. No wonder the world’s such a broken place.
But when we believe the gospel (i.e., that Jesus is Lord and Savior), we’re reconciled to God and to one another. God adopts us—He becomes our Father, and we become a family! Then, the Holy Spirit renews us and teaches us how to experience relationships as God always intended. But what do these restored relationships look like?
Love One Another
Jesus said, “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
“Love one another.” Following Jesus involves us getting involved with other people and then helping them find shalom. In the family of God, this means we…
- Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
- Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
- Forgive one another (Colossians 3:13)
- Don’t slander one another (James 4:11)
- Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
- Honor one another (Romans 12:10)
- Devote ourselves to one another (Romans 12:10)
- Teach one another (Romans 15:14)
- Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
- Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
So what does the church look like when it does all of these? It looks a lot like the church in Acts 2, which met in “in the temple” and “house to house.” It looks like people being together and sharing life together in both large and small groups.
At PCC, we meet in large groups during our weekly worship services. But we also meet in small groups (Life Groups) to study God’s Word, pray, and experience loving relationships. Do you see the connection? Our Life Groups meet for teaching, prayer, and fellowship/meals—just like the church in Acts. Life Groups are vital for following Jesus together!
New Life in Christ
Life Groups help people become transformed followers of Jesus committed to loving all people to new life in Christ. A Life Group is more than a Bible study or a social group. It’s a community where transformation happens as we learn, pray, love, and participate in the church’s mission together. That’s why we want to help everyone at PCC—from the ‘committed core’ to the spiritual seeker—get connected to a healthy Life Group.
Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). If we’re not experiencing close Christian community, we’re not experiencing new life in Christ!