Counting on Community

Counting On Community

I will never forget how I felt the first time I attended church by myself.  I was nervous and I literally felt sick to my stomach.  I checked my young son into the children’s environment and snuck in to the back of the church worship center, trying not draw attention to the single mother attending church alone.  Thankfully, the church I attended that day was also the same church that I call home to this very day and is all about people.  It wasn’t too long after that day, a pastor at the church did notice me and he helped me get connected with the church community… and that changed my life.

You see, when that pastor helped me connect to a small group for single moms and invited me to start serving at the church, I was no longer alone.  I met people in the church community who became friends and who regularly checked up on me and encouraged me.  And it was because of this, that I am still going to that same church 4 years later.  Let me tell you, if I would have never been connected to other brothers and sisters in Christ in the church community, I would have more than likely quit going to that church shortly after starting and fallen back into my old unfulfilling sinful lifestyle.

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“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

In reading that passage from Ecclesiastes, the Bible gives us some examples of how important it is to be in community with others. We can support each other and check on each other and lift them up when being spiritually attacked.  Another thing that a community is great for is to help grow.

By attending church, serving at my church, attending a small group (AKA Bible Study or Life Group), attending Christian women’s events, I am developing relationships.  These relationships help me learn, grow and support me in the ministry God calls me to do.  I couldn’t do it without these people being a part of my life each and every day.

If you are not currently a part of the Christian community, I encourage you to get out there and join a local church and get involved!  These people will help you stay on the “narrow road” and follow the path God has for you.

Prayer:  Father God, thank you so much for your local church.  Thank you for bringing other believers together in a community so we can support each other and build each other  up.  Please help us continue to build relationships with other brothers and sisters in Christ to help us keep on growing in You.  Amen.

Discussion:  How has the Christian community helped you in your faith?  Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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  1. Jennifer

    Love this! A lot of times people don’t realize how hard it is to step into a new church alone. And you are spot on about the small groups! We are meant to live this life in community, to bear eachothers burdens arena share in eachothers blessings. Being a part of that type of “jesus community” is life altering!

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  2. Carolina Cisneros

    I know I always have a safe place to land with my sister community of faith based believers. Sometimes life gets overwhelming and it’s beautiful to know we don’t have to be perfect and we lift each other up. God has placed the most beautiful women in my life and I’m so grateful for that. I know they are my biggest encouragers and the first ones to sharpen me as iron when I’m not upholding the faith. My Monday linkup is now closed, but I’m doing an entire month of community and this post is perfect. I’d like to extend the invitation to link up to Open Mic Monday for the soul at Cisneros Cafe this Monday if you are interested. ❤ Have a blessed week!

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  3. Kelsey Townsend-Remmelts

    Well said, Chelsey! Yes, church communities are so important and you have to take the first step to getting involved. Once you do, the possibilities and support are endless! I became a young widow suddenly 15 years ago and if it was not for my church and the small groups, I am not sure where we would be today. Thank you for sharing and keep on writing sista!

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  4. Lydia Borengasser

    Christian community is such a beautiful thing! I think I would shrivel up without it! One of my favorite things to do is study the Word with other believers. It gets me excited like nothing else! Thanks for sharing at Cisneros Cafe!

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  5. Leigh Ellen

    Chelsey – I can relate. My church family is so important to me. They have lifted me up many times when my heart was hurting. Thank you for all your insight here. Great job!

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