The Christian faith is as much about community as it is about God.
Maybe you haven’t thought about it that way. All too often, when we think of a faith community, we think of looking straight ahead in a church building. For many of us, it means sitting silently while someone else does the talking. We feel more like we’re attending a lecture than a community experience. Sometimes, we feel invisible and anonymous while sitting in our pew.
That, of course, is when we’re able to make it into a pew. The nine to five job during the traditional workweek is dying a slow painful death. Sometimes our work schedules make it impossible to attend a traditional church service, even when we do find a church where we feel we belong.
Then, of course, there’s always the unexpected. Life happens, and it can make it hard for us to connect with other believers. Over these past few years, I’ve fallen solidly into this category.
Back in 2012, my mom’s health took a breathtaking nosedive. I’ve lost more sleep over these past few years than I previously thought I could survive. It’s hard to make a Sunday morning church service when you’ve been up since 1 a.m. If you can’t hold your eyes open, it’s rather difficult to drive…
It can be hard to find community, yet God made it clear that we were never meant to live life alone.
When Jesus was asked which commandment was the most important one, he actually named two. First and foremost, we are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Seemingly without pausing for breath, Jesus then launched into the second most important commandment. We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Mark 12:30-31).
The Apostle Paul talked about how all of us who believe in Jesus Christ form a body, Christ’s body, here on earth. We are all different, unique, and wonderfully made, but we were never meant to function alone. We are all parts of a whole. We were made to come together (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
You’ve heard me say that Jesus is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (see my About page or my recent article if you missed it). If Jesus is a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, and we are the body of Christ, then I believe we are called to be like peanut butter. We’re meant to be “sticky,” to come together and to love each other as Christ loves us.
So that life cannot possibly keep us apart, I would like to take our “church” experience beyond this blog. I don’t want to be the “lecturer” all the time, and the comments section constrains how much you can join in the discussion. So that this can become more of a faith community, I would like to invite you to join our new email group.
You can join this “Peanut Butter Community” by signing up for our new mailing list. And don’t worry, there’s no SPAM! Remember, I am committed to bringing you nourishing “soul food” only. This is, and will continue to be, a junk food free zone.
What you will get is the opportunity to participate in the Peanut Butter Bible Study, which we’ll conduct via email. You will also receive a monthly newsletter. It will contain helpful resources from around the web and from your neighbors to help you grow in your faith and with each other.
I’m not trying to sell anything. As someone who’s fought to stay connected through life’s ups and downs, I want to help my brothers and sisters in Christ to stay connected with each other no matter what happens.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
If want to take the plunge and give this new community a try, then you can sign up by clicking here.
You’ll be taken to the MailChimp page where you can submit your name and email address.
Your email address will not be shared with anyone other than myself, and you are free to unsubscribe at any time. Try it for a week, and, if it’s not the kind of experience you’re looking for, then you’ll be none the worse for wear. It’s free, and its sole purpose is to edify and to uplift you in your walk with Christ.
Like I said, if you have any questions, please just let me know. I do hope I’ll have the opportunity to sit down and actually talk with some of you as we take our discussion of God and his Word to the next level.
Love you all, and please know I’m keeping you in my prayers.
If you have any trouble with the link to the signup page, please let me know!
Email me at GiveUsThisDayOurPBJ@gmail.com I will add you manually and try to get to the bottom of the problem!