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February 2, 2024

Experience the Power of a CU Fire Retreat — without Leaving Your Town!

By Erin Conner, Writer and communications associate

What is the significance of meeting together in a community to seek the Lord? Why are followers of Christ encouraged in the New Testament to "not give up meeting together?" (Hebrews 10: 25). 

Throughout the Scriptures, we find patterns of regularly seeking God in community with others. For example, daily morning and evening gatherings when the sun rises and the sun sets are found in Numbers 28:1-8. Weekly meetings are held Sunday (originally Saturday) in Exodus 20:8-11; Leviticus 23:3; Numbers 28:9, 10; Deuteronomy 5:12-15 and in the first century Church, as recorded in Acts. Monthly or "new moon” gatherings are found in Numbers 28:11-15, and annual special gatherings are held several times per year, especially with seven-day gatherings every six months in the spring and the fall, as shown in Leviticus 23:1-44. 

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So, what is the significance of this pattern of meeting in community to seek the Lord together? The answer, simply stated, is that there is power in Christian unity. One notable reason, although there are several, is that we each are different parts of the body of Christ, and no part is beneficial or effective in serving others when it is on its own (1 Corinthians 12: 12-27). Mutual edification of others via our spiritual gifts occurs in group settings and attracts the presence of God.

Because there is power in seeking God together in community, Christian Union America offers weekend retreats, held in the comfort of your own home or church, to encourage Christians across America to set aside time to grow closer to God and each other. 

This spring, April 19-20th, Christian Union America is offering their next, life-changing CU Fire Retreat, a 1.5- day simulcast retreat featuring Scripture-based teaching, worship, prayer, and fasting. Christian Union America's Director, Grace Ann Arvey, invites you, your friends, and others from your church to join.

The theme of this retreat will be Christian View of Fear: Understanding Fear of Man and the Fear of God.  

Witness with your own eyes the power of a CU Fire Retreat by watching this 3.5-Minute Video overview! 

Visit CU Fire Retreats to learn more, or to sign up for this incredible weekend with your church, family, or friends. 

If you're interested in learning more about a Biblical perspective on the importance of Christian Unity or Strong Community, watch Christian Union's Seven Keys to Kingdom Advancement online video-teaching series or download a PDF of these presentations.