In The Friendless American Male, Larry Richards is reported as saying that “in church we sit together and sing together and greet one another cheerily as we leave at the end of a service. We do all of these things, sometimes for years, without forming any real personal Christian relationships. Our words often seem superficial. The church, therefore, becomes a place where Christians live alone together.”
This quote, taken from Ann Spangler’s book Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus struck me right between the eyes! I’ve been there, in a large group of people yet felt very alone. Unfortunately, most of us live there–alone in a crowd of people. Nobody really knows you or your struggles. This loneliness stretches across socioeconomic, gender, and age brackets. We are ALL susceptible to feeling alone. The downside of this condition is depression, addiction, binging, and even suicide.
Now to the positive side…God NEVER intended for us to live in Christian community this way. In fact, his models are like Acts 2:42 where the disciples were encouraged to get together and “break bread” on a regular basis. God wants us to “do life” together with other believers, not be distant and alone.
The next question is, how do you get to this point? The answer…One Body Strong! The small group study will teach you how to live as the Body of Christ, the way God meant for it to be. Learning, growing, leaning on each other through the journey we call life.
Let the site….BEGIN!! Welcome to what I hope is going to be a new way of of experiencing body life for the Church…a nation-wide movement!
If you consider yourself a Christian and would like to take your walk to that next level, then this is the site for you! This is not some hyped-up, positive thinking, rainbows and sunshine type of hype or 10-step plan. It’s a way of living the Christian walk that helps you grow deeper in your relationship with God and with others–FOR REAL. While it could be a new way of doing church, it doesn’t have to be because my One Body concept can be done with any small group!
Becoming One Body Strong means means living as the Body of Christ. What is looks like is you have a group of any size that you are close to, accountable to. It’s people you can share life with. It’s people you can open the Word with and be yourself, sharing the good and the bad in your life. Being One Body Strong means that each of you within the group has a “job” or skill set; a set of qualities that you are able to bless others with. In this group, you rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).
I want to help you in your Christian journey find the hope and comfort that can only come from a group of believers.