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3rd June 2017
The number five isn’t just the name of a boy band from the 90s; it’s also the number of ‘Let Us’ phrases found in Hebrews 10 (verses 19-25).
Hebrews was possibly written to a small group of Jewish Christians who were unsettled in their faith and were in danger of drifting as they had not fully broken away from Judaism but also hadn’t fully embraced Christianity. This group had also endured persecution as the Jewish people of the time were hostile to Christians and excluded them from the temple precincts. This is why Hebrews 10:19-25 has five ‘Let us’ phrases, encouragements to do five things together which will help the Christians receiving the letter to live connected and foster relationship and discipleship, resulting in strengthening of their faith.
These five ‘Let us’ phrases (not to be mistaken for lettuces!) are a reason why we are re-investing in mid-week life and, as of September 2017, will be launching Connect Groups. These mid-week small groups aim to serve the people of King’s by creating space to live connected through relationship and discipleship.
The five encouragements in Hebrews 10:19-25 can bring real momentum to us and help us see how Connect Groups can invest into our faith and relationships. To help encourage some momentum, I just wanted to bring a ‘what would it’ question to each ‘let us’…
‘Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and full assurance of faith.’ What would it feel like if we could meet up in a small group who accepted us for who we are and encouraged us to draw near to God sincerely and honestly?
‘Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess because He is faithful.’ What would it be like to belong to a group who reminds us and challenges us to grow in the hope we have in Christ?
‘Let us consider how we can spur each other on towards love and good deeds.’ What would it look like to be part of a group who encourages us to live for something bigger than ourselves?
‘Let us not give up meeting together.’ What would it feel like knowing you have a mid-week small group, based on relationship and discipleship, to be part of?
‘Let us encourage one another.’ What would be feel like to belong to a group who want the best for you and accept you unconditionally?
Maybe take one or two of these points and begin to think about some of the possibilities of what belonging to a Connect Group could mean for you. If you’ve been part of a small group before and you have the feeling of ‘been there, got the t-shirt’, maybe think about one thing you’ve learned in the past which you can make a personal goal to bring into the life of the Connect Group you join.
We’re really looking forward to launching Connect Groups. The groups are going to be a great move forward for us, taking lessons learned from the past and moving on to create space for growth.
Posted by Paul Edworthy