Do you feel lonely? Do these feelings reemerge frequently? If so, you are not alone. According to recent studies compiled by the Surgeon General’s office, the majority of American teenagers and adults feel “noticeably lonely.” This reality is not without effect on our personal lives and society. Chronic loneliness leads to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, stroke, dementia, depression, anxiety, and self-harm. As social scientists scramble to suggest ways to promote social connection, we should ask ourselves if this dilemma has deeper roots in the human heart that only Christ can reveal, heal, and restore.
In this message that traces four significant movements in the story of the Bible, we explore how Christ designed us to flourish in community, what went wrong, what He did to rescue us, and how He instructs us to pursue restoration so that we can flourish again.