Church of the Atonement is a family. Several of the people on the pastoral search committee responded, “We are a family” when I asked during my interview, “How would you describe Atonement.” I am a witness that Atonement is a family. The most defining feature of a family is this: families do life together.
This article was originally posted on August 24, 2017.
This fall we have a great opportunity to “do life together” through establishing Life Groups. For the four consecutive Thursdays in September (7, 14, 21, 28), we will host Life Group Training Seminars from 7:00-8:15pm in Rankin Hall.
Many churches have “small groups” where members can get to know one another. This is precisely what our church wants to continue to do, but the label ‘small group’ does not really convey what we are trying to facilitate. In Acts 2:42, 46-47, Luke the physician writes, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Here God gives us a picture of the early church doing life together. There are five characteristics of the early church’s ministry that we will practice in our Life Groups. In Life Groups we Fellowship, Engage, Serve, Invite, and Grow.
At Atonement we want to know our fellow brothers and sisters-in-Christ, to grow as a church, and to welcome new people into the life of our church family by doing life together as God’s Word teaches us. Though you may currently be in a small group, the seminars are open to all who want to be in or lead a Life Group. For all who plan to attend, please RSVP to Sue Morrisson at [email protected] atonementlife.org. look forward to meeting with you in September.
Grace and peace. —Pastor Terence