I remember it very clearly. The awkwardness, the nervous butterflies in my stomach. What if it gets weird? What if we don’t connect with anyone? Or even worse, what if we are early, no one’s here yet, and we’re the first ones? My wife and I had all of these thoughts literally standing on the front porch of our new life group leader’s house. We tried to make the other one go in first, we tried to figure out what to say before we got in there, and we definitely regretted making that huge salad- who wants salad at life group? The bottom line is trying a Life Group for the first time is hard. These are people that we don’t know and the potential for awkwardness is really high. For most of us, this kind of stepping out is not in our comfort zone. Lucky (or maybe unlucky) for you and me, God often has blessing and all kinds of good things for us right outside our comfort zones. Sarah and I experienced this first hand. That first night at life group had its awkward moments, but the relationships and steps forward in our faith were so great. I am so grateful to God that we walked in the front door and gave it a shot. We say it all the time in church, and it’s because it’s true; Community matters. Having people around you to help you, carry burdens and pray with you is so life giving and it’s part of God’s design. Jesus had 12 friends that He took with Him. He knew the importance of friendship and community. In the book of Acts the early church started in small groups in peoples homes. “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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” Acts 2:46-47. That is the kind of community I want to be part of and the kind of community I want to see our church have at Grace Fellowship. Community matters; this is a big deal to God and should be a big deal to us. You can sign up online or at the Connect Desk in the foyer. We encourage you to check out a life group and watch how God will grow you and bless you. It’s absolutely worth it.