None of us was designed to ride the raging river of life alone. Once you have your vest on, you don’t stand idly on the bank of the river and watch others float by. The only way to take the ride of your life is to get into a raft with other people and with a river guide.
In our metaphor, we believe that spiritual transformation happens best when we get into a raft with other people — that is, when we join a small group and begin to experience encouragement, fellowship and accountability. We all need people who will pull us back into the raft when we get thrown out, people who can paddle while we catch our breath, and people who will put their lives on the line to help us with ours. And we all need a river guide who will help keep us on track so that we can experience the transforming power of the Spirit in our knowledge, character, worldview, habits, and relationships.
Think about discipleship and following Jesus. Many people put on the vest but never get into the raft. They watch others journey, but they miss out on experiencing the ride of their lives.

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