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One of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Christ ). He led him to Jesus.
-John 1:40-42

Somewhere we got the idea that spirituality is an individualistic thing. As in, “I’ve found this prayer that I say every morning and it is really working for me.” Of course our relationship with God in Christ is personal, but that doesn’t mean it is individual. Our connection spiritually is meant to connect us with other people and other parts of creation, until we are a part of a community so large we cannot begin to fathom it.

So when Andrew meets Jesus, the first thing he does is go get his brother so Simon can meet Jesus too. When we find a restaurant we love, we bring others. When we read a book we can’t put down, we pass it on to a friend. Who could you include in your discovery of God’s great grace in Jesus?

O Lord, I want to know you deeply and intimately myself, and, I want to experience your ever-widening circle of community. Help me lead someone to your love. Amen.

Ask God to show you someone who needs to know God’s love in Christ. Ask for how to include that person too.

Talk about how some friends have a church to go to and some have another religion and some have no place at all. Role play how you might invite someone with no place at all to your church.