Connect Regularly

New Life Gillette Church Teachings

Feb 26 2024 • 30 mins

Welcome to the "Shut Your Pie Hole" series! Curious about the name? Well, it's all about examining our spiritual habits and identifying areas where we can improve. Just like a pie with its slices, we'll assess various spiritual disciplines to help you grow. But first, let's take a closer look at what this series entails.

Discover Your Personal Spiritual Agenda (PSA):

Our journey begins with the PSA Pie. Each slice represents a different spiritual discipline, and we're here to help you identify the gaps in your spiritual routine. Visit newlifegillette.com/psa to take a short assessment or fill out the paper version provided. Once completed, our team will pray over your responses and offer personalized recommendations for your spiritual growth.

Understanding the Shut Your Pie Hole Series:

Here's a quick overview of what we'll cover:

  • Week 1: Connect Regularly
  • Week 2: Share Generously
  • Week 3: Grow Consistently
  • Week 4: Worship Enthusiastically
  • Week 5: Serve Faithfully

Today, our focus is on connecting regularly, a cornerstone of Christian community.

The Importance of Connection:

Did you know that loneliness is considered one of the greatest public health threats in America? Despite technological advancements, many individuals still experience profound isolation. Even extroverts and leaders are not immune to feelings of loneliness.

Biblical Community:

The church offers a unique form of community rooted in unconditional love. While the world may prioritize information dissemination, our purpose transcends mere knowledge. As 1 Corinthians 8:1 reminds us, love strengthens the church.

1 Corinthians 8:1
But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.

Building Lifelong Friendships:

Loneliness is not just a feeling; it's a signal that our need for community is unmet. By proactively building relationships, we can combat loneliness and experience the transformative power of Christian fellowship.

Lessons from Ruth and Naomi:

Ruth 1:1-16

Elimelech Moves His Family to Moab

1 In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. 2 The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there.

3 Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons. 4 The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return