It might seem inconsistent for St Andrew’s which is committed to encouraging and growing gospel-shaped communities and small groups to be promoting solitude. But in fact we value both community and solitude because one cannot function well without the other. A glance at the ascetic or isolating cults of church history will quickly reveal the unhealthy consequences of neglecting fellowship— extreme isolation, austerity, and even mental illness. Alternatively, periods of church history closer to our own highlight the shallowness and weakness of the overly-socialised church, tending towards extreme distraction, stressful over-complication and the fear of ‘missing out’.
Which of the two extremes do you naturally gravitate towards— fellowship or solitude?Do you prefer one so much that you are missing out on the other? If so, how might you bring more balance?
Find some time this week to sit quietly alone and consider these questions— for at least 15 minutes. If you can’t find that time this week, then your answers will be pretty obvious!