Life is better when it’s lived together.
At Southeast Christian Church, groups are one of the best ways to connect to Jesus and one another.
Southeast is encouraging church members and attendees to join a group or sign up to host a group as part of Groups Launch Weekend Sunday, Aug. 16.
“We have a lot of different flavors of groups here at Southeast,” Blankenbaker Campus Connections Pastor Josh Brown said. “We have on-campus groups, home groups, weekday groups that maybe meet in a coffee shop, groups that meet online. There are a lot of different ways to get plugged in, and a lot of different options. There’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all.’”
Groups have the opportunity to change a person’s life in incredible ways.
“I have a really dear friend of mine who joined a group a little over a year and a half ago,” Brown said. “When he first showed up, he was in a tough place. He had been dealing with addiction and a lot of tough things in his life, and he was broken. He came, and the guys in that group helped him up and helped him walk through some of that junk in his life. He’s been sober now for a little over a year, and the most beautiful thing happened. He’s not just in a group—he’s participating and leading that group now. He’s bringing other men with him, and he’s discipling them. He’s found a new purpose in this group.”
Groups across every campus will join together to study John 14-17 in an effort to unify the church body and follow along with weekend sermons.
In his sermon “Carpool Lane All the Way,” from Southeast’s current sermon series, “The Way Forward,” Senior Pastor Kyle Idleman talked about the ever-present loneliness many have felt during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As a pastor, I’ve spent a lot of time with a lot of hurting people, but loneliness is in a category by itself,” Idleman said. “And I’m sorry. I know as this pandemic stretches on, you’re feeling it more. You miss the hugs and the handshakes, getting together, having lunch and grabbing coffee. Everything feels off, and it is off. This is not the way God wants you to live, and yet that’s where we find ourselves in this season.”
Idleman pointed to Hebrews 10:24-25, which says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
“It doesn’t have to be in a church building, but you need to stay connected with brothers and sisters in Christ,” Idleman said. “That’s how God designed us to follow Him. We’re not meant to do this alone; it wasn’t the plan for the disciples, and it’s not His plan for you, either. You need to be connected to some other believers.”
There are many groups to choose from at every Southeast Campus, including women’s and men’s groups, support and recovery groups, couples groups, student groups and groups for people who live in the same neighborhood. Groups are available online, in-person in homes or in-person at Southeast campuses.
To get connected to a group, text “groups” to 733733. Information is also available at www.southeastchristian.org/groups and at each campus-specific Facebook page.
If you’re interested in leading a group or helping facilitate a group, text “connect” to 733733.