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.
“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.”
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.