The Power of Showing Up
by Baruch Worship on February 15th, 2017

You are probably well aware of the concept of "small groups" that churches use to connect people together. When I was a youngster it was called "cell groups". Although the terminology has changed over the last two decades, the purpose behind these groups have stayed the same. Maybe you aren't fully aware of the benefits of "showing up" at these groups. Maybe you feel like this is just another "project" or "scheme" for churches to try and fill their benches on a Sunday. Please allow me to explain the power that lies within showing up at these groups.

​Hebrews 10:24-25(MSG)....Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on...

We have been created for community. Although we tend to lean towards isolation, there is a fundamental need in most individuals to be surrounded and supported by others. Our everyday life is completely dependent on the successes of others (ex. farmers). This is no different for our spiritual life. We have been created to journey together as a community, instead of alone as individuals. We have just read that we are to encourage one another. This is only possible when you begin to show up.
Although technology attempts to broaden our social networking, it resulted in isolating us behind computer screens instead of interacting with others. There is something special and very human about physical interaction between people. A simple example of this is when South Africans watch rugby. There is quite a difference in the experience when watching a rugby game alone at home, at a braai with friends, or when watching the game live with 45,000 others. 
Another aspect is that there is a tremendous authority that lies within us. Our tongue has the ability to speak life or death. You never know the impact a word of encouragement can have when God allows it to penetrate into the heart of people. Sometimes in life, the difference between life and death rests upon the words spoken by a wise individual. Sometimes the life or death of your marriage rest in the wise words spoken over by our spiritual mentors in our life. We need each other. If this is true in the natural, how much more do we need each other for encouragement in our faith!
In order to receive that interaction and encouragement, you need to show up. You need to be part of the team. You never know the potential that is stored up within your story about your walk with God. There are people around you that needs those who have been through struggles in their life. There are people who are in need of your support, as you are in need of theirs.
Do not allow the enemy to steal your voice by keeping you busy. The enemy uses our silence to prevent growth to take place in the life of others. Begin to share your story. Begin to speak about your walk with God. Begin by showing up at a connect group. 

Jean Maritz
Baruch Worship Centre

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