Last summer we had the opportunity to reunite over dinner with our original Camelback Bible Church community group, which was formed 7 years ago. It was very encouraging for me to reflect on how the Lord has used this group. Our community group grew from a mutual desire to grow together in the Lord and in our relationships with one another; the body of Christ. We started our time together in the book of Acts. It was the perfect place for us to begin. It helped us to see the importance of the local church, as well as the importance of our participation in the local church. Our community group in many ways embodied Acts 2:42-47, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Christ was working in us and challenging us to share Christ with people we came in contact with. We were also being bonded together as the body of Christ. We would spend time praying for one another, helped when group members had a need such as moving, new baby, or financial needs. We took vacations together, went on camping trips with one another, shared meals and fellowship together, kept each other accountable and encouraged one another in Christ. Some of our closest friendships were formed through this group.
Since that time, the original group felt led to split due to our increase in size and has birthed 3 additional community groups. During our reunion last summer, it was amazing to see how the Lord has continued to use each member to minister in our church. You can find us ministering in Playgroup, Women’s Bible Study, the Stewardship Committee, Ushering, Eldering, Children’s Ministries, and more. I want to encourage everyone here at Camelback Bible Church to get involved in this local church. Join a community group and see how the Lord will use this group in your life to be a blessing to others.
If you’d like to find out more about community groups at Camelback Bible Church please contact Pastor Julian Gibb.