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The Side Effects of Community In November of 2004, a ten year study came to an end in Adelaide, South Australia. The objective was to examine the link between relationship and survival. The question was essentially, do people with strong friendships live longer, healthier lives? The participants included one thousand, four hundred and seventy-seven seniors (ages seventy and older), living in community and residential care facilities. The data concluded that the best way to live a long and healthy life was to be surrounded and supported by friends. I won’t bore you with the data; instead I will jump to the conclusion of the study, “Survival time may be enhanced by strong social networks. Among older Australians, these may be important in lengthening survival.” So what scientists are learning, and what sociologists seem to have always known, is that, though vitamins, supplements, and exercise are good – if you want to be healthy – truly healthy – you need to be actively and honestly doing life with friends. Now you might be thinking, I don’t need “friends,” I have my family. The same Australian study found that the effects of community with children and relatives were not significant with respect to survival. Here is what this means: your spouse, children, and siblings don’t cut it. “In general, the role of friendship in our lives isn’t terribly well appreciated,” said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. “There is just scads of stuff on families and marriage, but very little on friendship. It baffles me. Friendship has a bigger impact on our psychological well-being than family relationships.”2 Family is not an excuse to live an isolated life – and your family is not evidence that you are not isolated. In the Bible, God looks down at pitiful Adam and says, “It’s not good for man to be alone.” This is true, and yet there are many married men who are still alone. In the same way, there are many women who have great marriages but still feel isolated and lonely. In 2008, researchers studied thirty-four students at the University of Virginia. They took the students to the base of a steep hill and then placed weighted backpacks upon them. Students were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone. The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. My family and I were watching a documentary on lions recently and, to our horror, we found ourselves watching a scene play out in the middle of the night. There was this water hole where all these elephants were bathing and drinking and enjoying themselves, but off in the darkness were a pride of lions. The lions began to methodically taunt the elephants and, while they appeared to be hunting the older, more mature elephants, what they were actually doing was spooking the baby elephants away from the group. The lions knew that a baby elephant in community was off limits, but in isolation was a free and easy meal. In light of this, now consider 1 Peter 5:8, Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. The New Testament word for church is ecclesia; it communicates the idea of a group of people who have been called out of something and assembled together for a militant-like purpose. The New Testament believers understood that the church was called to consist of many sober-minded and watchful groups who understood the hunting methods of the enemy. Acts 2:46 tells us that day-by-day the believers would meet together to fellowship, eat together, worship, and even go to church together. It was in this context of community that Christianity flourished and grew not only wider, but deeper. As much as I love inner healing and church services, there is a specific kind of deliverance that I believe can only come about as a result of relationship, and a freedom that can only truly come through laughing and having fun. When was the last time that you laughed until you cried? When was the last time that you spit soda pop out your nose? When was the last time you stayed up way too late telling stories and bad jokes? When was the last time that you didn’t have to worry about your responsibilities and you gave yourself permission to be childlike? Maybe it’s been too long. At Seattle Revival Center you have the opportunity to intentionally connect with other brothers and sisters in a setting of Home Groups. There will be men’s groups, women’s groups, geographically located groups, topical groups, and activity groups. There are a multitude of defeater beliefs that are committed to keep you isolated; they are exposed in the billion excuses why these group’s will not work for you, but perhaps this new knowledge will empower you with three reasons to consider connecting into a small group: #1 Your spiritual safety #2 Your physical health #3 Vitality to your mind, will, and emotions. (True Happiness) Am I saying that if you connect to a small group that you are supernaturally going to be more spiritually safe, physically healthy, and happy? Yes. That’s what science, sociology, and scripture tells us and I can personally testify that I have experienced this to be true as well. You Are Loved! Darren For more information on Connect Groups contact: Linda Boone at linda@seattlerevivalcenter.com
CONNECT GROUPS FOR FALL 2015 AT SEATTLE REVIVAL CENTER CLEANSING STREAM Mondays 6 - 8:30 pm starting 2/13/17 SRC Prayer Room Leads: Floyde & Sharon Woods Cost: $40 for workbooks Cleansing Stream is a 12-week group to strengthen biblical foundations, create new disciplines, establish accountability through relationships, and gain freedom and healing, with the tools to stay free. DISCOVERING THE MIND OF A WOMAN Sundays 1 pm starting 2/12/17 SRC Mother’s Room Leads: Anthony Rivisto/Adam Howell Book: Discovering the Mind of a Woman by Ken Nair HEALING OUR LAND & CITIES 4th Saturday of each month 10 am-2 pm starting 1/28/2017 SRC Prayer Room Lead: Debbie Webb A prayer group that is focused on partnering with the Holy Spirit to seek His assignments in praying for healing within the Puget Sound area. HIGH FLIERS FOR JESUS 2nd Saturday of each month 10:30 am - 12:30 pm ongoing SRC Kids’ Room Lead: Judy Baker Purpose: To grow spiritually and socially with one another. To become unstoppable, unbeatable ones in partnership with God as we learn to fly high and experience the fullness and abundance that our Father has for us. MUD ON MY KNEES BOOK STUDY Tuesdays 1 pm starting 2/14/17 SRC Prayer Room Lead: Sharon Woods Book: Mud on My Knees book study on prayer journaling and praying for the prodigal. NEWCASTLE WEDNESDAY GROUP Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm ongoing SRC’s Prayer Room Leads: Don & Theresa Hammelman/ Tony & Bonnie Pizelo Studying book: The New Mystics by John Crowder PROPHETIC ART INSTRUCTION GROUP Tuesdays 7-9 pm ongoing Lead: Dinah Rau SRC Kids’ Room Cost: Bring your own supplies. Art class for adults. Learn to hear God’s voice and translate onto canvas, using a water soluble medium. Taught by a professional artist/teacher. PROPHETIC PAINTING GROUP Thursdays 6:30 pm starting 2/16/17 SRC Fellowship Hall Leads: Sharon Woods/Audrey Hines Open to all who are interested in getting together to prophetically paint, new or experienced. Come join us in worship & soaking, painting & fellowship. WOMEN’S CONNECTING GROUP Sundays 1 pm starting 2/12/17 Lead: Rebekah Rivisto SRC Preschool Room Book: Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife by Barbara Rainey Open to all women; kids welcome. WORSHIP DANCE & TAMBOURINES 2nd Saturday of each month 10:30 am - 2 pm starting 2/11/17 Lead: Margareta Bjorkegren Instructors: Patrice Everette, Gwynn Merritt SRC Prayer Room Open to all interested in worshipping the Lord in dance and/or tambourines. AT HOMES BEYOND HUMAN BOOK STUDY 1st Tuesday of each month 7 pm ongoing Home: 19625 116th Ave SE, Kent Leads: Jonathan & Carrie Cotton Book: Beyond Human by Justin Abraham DALEY HOME GROUP Thursdays 7-8:30 pm starting 2/15/17 Leads: Ron & Billie Daley Home: 12604 SE May Creek Park Dr. Newcastle Book: Powerful Encounters in the God Realm: Testimonies and Teachings of Today’s Frontline Generals by Patricia King JOY CONNECTION Tuesdays 10:30 am starting 2/14/17 Lead: Audrey Hines Home: 4020 161st Ave. SE, Bellevue Studying techniques to retrain your brain for joy in personal lives, community, connection and communication with others. KENT HOPE GROUP - sign up there Thursdays 4 pm starting 2/16/17 Lead: Robin Blair Home: Kent Hope, 9009 Canyon Drive, Kent Book: Spirit Wars by Kris Valloten KENT WEDNESDAY GROUP Wednesdays 7 pm ongoing Leads: Phil & Lucia Pearson Home: 21104 116th Ave. SE, Kent Book: Practice of Honor by Danny Silk KIRKLAND HOME GROUP Thursdays 6:30 pm starting 2/16/17 Home: 1609 1st St - Apt. 10, Kirkland Leads: Lidia & Oksana Sukhaya Book: Effortless Change by Andrew Wommack MONDAY MORNING MOM’S GROUP Mondays 9:30 am starting 2/13/17 Lead: Chelan Ku Home: 113 Hoquiam Pl. NE, Renton
Let us help you meet amazing people who love Jesus. SRC Connect Groups are small groups that meet in homes, coffee shops, parks, and at the church. We have every kind of group imaginable, with new groups launching all the time. Life's too short to do it alone. Choose to intentionally connect at Seattle Revival Center. You Are Loved!