Isolation. We live in a time of greater possibilities for connection than ever before. But a simple Google search reveals that in spite of all our technology, pockets of community, and social media, people feel isolated. And more than a feeling, it is often the reality.
Isolation is the enemy of God’s intentions for His people.
Together. That’s our answer. But it’s not: together for the sake of being together. The world is no stranger to like-minded “togetherness.” What sets us apart is our purpose. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
The life God calls us to is not an “on your own” life. The Spirit-filled life is meant to be lived together. It is impossible alone. We need each other. God wired us that way. At Eagle Church, being together has a purpose; it’s not an end in itself. Together, we spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Together, we encourage one another. Together, we use our gifts to serve the church. Together, we live life and live it to the full (John 10:10).
“Together” flies in the face of everything American individualism stands for. Individualism falls short. Self-reliance is a lie. We ALL rely on something. At Eagle, we choose to rely on the Spirit, together. And we rely on each other, trusting that God will bring about what He fully desires for us.
We don’t have it all figured out. We are excited to flesh out what it is to live everyday life with Jesus together. But I can give you some snapshots of how it’s already happening. When a teenager is prompted to share the Gospel but is fearful, enter the Church. We do it together. When families embrace that family time can be shared with the single person, the widow, or the elderly, that’s together. When a man confesses his sin to a friend, and that friend prays over him, affirming his identity in Christ, that’s together. When a wife suffers the inconceivable loss of her husband and the church rallies around her and her family, that’s together. When a person offends another in the church, and the response is grace and forgiveness instead of bitterness and division, that’s together.
Jesus has invited us to live everyday life with Him. We want more of that, and we want to experience it together. Do you feel isolated? Are these snapshots outside of your typical church experience? If so, join us on the journey: More. Together. Everyday.