The Importance of Summer Fellowship

By Zach Lawson  |  CFB member and social media contributor

Summer is always a busy time of year. There are camps for the kids, celebrations with the family, days at the pool, vacations, and a whole host of other things that draw our attention. It is a break from the routine that we feel from August to May. But this break can mean missing out on crucial fellowship time.

Acts 2:42 says, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer." This verse is a summary statement that describes the early church's life after the day of Pentecost. It describes their daily activities. It is important to remember that He created us for fellowship with one another.

I want to encourage you to seek those relationships with your church family. Think of creative ways to spend time with your Connect Group outside of Sunday morning. For example, our Connect Group at CFB is staying connected with what we call Sunday Summer Suppers. The idea is to meet at either a park or in a group member's backyard. Typically, each family provides their own dinner (to make set-up time easy), but sometimes we'll do potluck-style. We use the opportunity to connect with our fellow group members, allow the kids to play together, and overall enjoy each other's company. It is just a simple way to stay connected over the summer.

"It is important to remember that He created us for fellowship with one another."

Of course, if you're not in a Connect Group, now is a great time to join one before the school year begins again. Connect Groups are the backbone of our church family; they're how we form relationships with fellow believers who will challenge and encourage us as we mature in the Lord together.

1 John 1:7 says, "If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." We have fellowship with one another because we have fellowship with the Father. Paul uses the same word (koinonia) to describe our relationship with God (1 Corinthians 1:9) and our relationship with other believers (see 1 John 1:7 above). When we devote ourselves to the apostles' teaching, to breaking bread, or to praying together, we participate in the covenantal relationship God established from eternity past with His children.

As you think about these verses, what are some ways that you can connect with people this summer? What are some things your connect group can do to stay plugged in to each other over what will be a busy season? It does not have to be extravagant. It could be something as simple as a Sunday Summer Supper. Love you, church family!

-- Zach Lawson

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