The Promise of Community

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August 02, 2018

During the entire first quarter of this year, the Sligo Church family took on the very meaningful task of learning what it means to exist as an authentic biblical community. As many of you know, we studied a curriculum that was created by Sligo for Sligo, which we named, The Promise of Community: How the People of God Live Together. We felt that the idea of what it means to be an authentic biblical community is so vital to our existence and mission as a church, especially in this fast-paced society in which we live, that not only did we present it in our Adult Sabbath School classes each week, it was also preached from the pulpit in order that a wider audience might be reached.

This process has been a game changer for Sligo. Not only have many of our members come to a better understanding of what it means to be a biblical community, they have also gained very practical insights in how to live it out. Some of our members have said that being a part of this journey in building biblical community has changed forever how they view, not only the church, but also what it means to be a Christian.

In our quest to continue our journey of doing life together, we have launched as our next step, Sligo Journey Groups, a new initiative on how we as members of Sligo can learn to build community, as we strive to live in authentic relationships with others and strengthen our walk with God. What makes Sligo Journey Groups so important is that they help us to build relationships, not merely within the walls of Sligo on Sabbath, but more importantly, they help us to build relationships beyond our walls into everyday living. Because so many of our members have been courageous enough to take this journey into the unknown, many new relationships have been formed that not only serve as a form of social enrichment, but have provided a sense of encouragement and accountability as well. If you have not signed up to be a part of one of the new groups beginning in September, please go to sligochurch.org and take the plunge. You will be glad you did.

Finally, please remember to be a part of the Sligo community this Sabbath as our family and friends come from near and far to join us in celebrating our 9th Annual Sligo Homecoming weekend. Our speaker for the day will be Elder Bill Miller, president of the Potomac Conference. And of course, don’t forget to take part in our International Luncheon at Takoma Academy following the second service, where dishes from all over the globe, representing the richness of our diverse community here at Sligo, will be on display.



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