Getting connected in community is vital to the Christian life, and we at Artisan are firm advocates of frequent fellowship. God has hard-wired us to be interdependent so that we benefit spiritually from friendship, encouragement, and accountability. In a world that promotes isolationism and independence, the church of Jesus Christ is called to stand up and be united. We are to be identified by our love for one another. Ecclesiastes 4:9 states, “Two are better than one for they have a good return for their labor. If one falls down, his friend can pick him up, but pity the man who has no-one to help him up.” Godly relationships benefit us through the good times and the bad.
Friendships take time and a little tweaking here and there, but they are God’s tool for us to care for one another. The early church, in the midst of persecution, didn’t try to muddle through life on their own — they banded together. In fact, Acts 2:42 tells us that they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching (God’s Word), to fellowship, to the breaking of bread (eating together and sharing communion), and to prayer.
This “formula” ensured that needs were met, lives were prayed over, spirits were edified, and unity was valued. It is with these scriptures in mind that we encourage people to connect with one another.
The Table – A Tool for Connectivity
An additional tool that we have found to foster connectivity, is a private social network that is exclusive to Artisan members called The Table. The Table is designed to enhance existing face-to-face relationships, not to replace them. It is a place to connect, start or join small groups, share resources, post prayer requests, and more. Check out the video below to see what we mean.
|To join Artisan’s Table, click here.|