In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, the night and the day, the water and the land, the animals and man. The first man He named Adam, but soon after the creation was seemingly complete God realized something was not as it should be. Genesis chapter two verse eighteen says, “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.'” (Genesis 2:18)
In that moment God would make an observation that would have few exceptions: Everyone needs someone. Adam needed companionship and friendship. He had God, but God was not enough. I know that sounds like heresy, but God said it first.
God would then place Adam into a deep sleep, remove his rib, and create Eve. For the first time in human history, people were united.
Author and preacher John Ortberg said this:
“Inside every human being is a God shaped void that no other person can fill. But, it also seems, according to Genesis 1, that God created a human shaped void in our hearts that only we can fill.” John Ortberg
As we fast forward through the rest of the Bible we find this truth again and again as people sought to fulfill the calling God had for them.
- When Moses needed someone with him to go to Pharaoh, God gave him Aaron.
- When David was waiting to become the king of Israel, God gave him a group of mighty men.
- When Mary was pregnant with Jesus, God led her to Elizabeth to be encouraged.
- When Paul traveled on his missionary journey’s he took Barnabas, Timothy, Silas, or Luke.
The Bible exemplifies for us through the lives of these men and women that it is not good for man to alone. I believe it is because of this truth that one of the greatest markers of the early church was their deep relationship with one another.
Without a doubt one of the primary reasons the early church was so successful in accomplishing the mission Christ gave them, and has given us, was because of the community they had with one another.
At Valley View we desire to be defined by that same level of deep community. We believe that this life is meant to be lived with others and that one of the great catalysts for spiritual growth is the providential relationships that God brings into our lives.
That is why we place such a value upon our LifeGroups. It is in these groups that people are challenged, encouraged, supported, and taught to be more like Christ. If you would like to learn more about the LifeGroups available at Valley View, please contact our office.