For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
At any moment there are people in our midst, brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God, who are going through a “time” as listed in this chapter of Ecclesiastes. For some the changing of circumstance is gradual. For others, it’s a rollercoaster. On this side of heaven, life is a series of highs and lows, joys and sorrows. We live in the now and the not yet fulfillment of the kingdom of God. Our call as followers of Jesus is to laugh with those who laugh, rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep, and mourn with those who mourn.
This mutual care of souls happens in our community primarily through Epikos small groups. However, there are times when more acute care, thoughtfulness, and insight are required. That’s where Epikos Specialty Groups step in. Whether you’re on the mountaintop of preparing for your wedding or walking through the valley of the death of a loved one, a specialty group might be exactly the community God is calling you to.
Will you allow the body of Christ to:
...walk alongside you?
...mourn with you?
...celebrate with you?
The specialty groups offered at Epikos are:
Marriage Prep - A study on building a Christ-focused foundation for married life for engaged couples or couples seriously considering marriage.
Marriage Together - A place to grow your marriage together by studying Christ-centered Biblical foundations.
GriefShare - A safe space to approach the challenges of significant loss of a spouse, child, family member, or friend and move toward rebuilding your life.
DivorceCare - A warm, caring environment to promote healing led by people who understand the impact of divorce.
Financial Peace University - A course that presents biblical, practical steps that will help you get rid of debt, manage your money, and spend & save wisely.
Just as God took the initiative to move toward us in Christ, we—being made in His image—are to move toward those he has placed in our lives. I encourage you to prayerfully consider if a Specialty Group is right for you in this season.