“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:46-47.
Who do you call at 2 a.m., or anytime for that matter, when your life just exploded? If you are like most people, your list is either short, or nonexistent. No matter how tough you are, no matter how independent or self-reliant you are, and no matter how much you pride yourself in the belief that you don’t need anyone, it just is not true. We all need somebody.
One of the most important things for a Christian is their desire to belong. They don’t just want to be another face in the crowd, people want to be known and cared for. When a group of Christians get together, it creates an opportunity to listen and talk to each other.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 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.” We need each other.
Going to church is important, but you worship in a crowd and fellowship in a small group. That smaller group is what you need. We need to trust, rely on, and depend upon other believers. God gave us each other to walk alongside, encourage, and spur one another on in the faith.
James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” Galatians 6:2 adds, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Romans 12:13 says, ”When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” And finally Romans 12:15 exhorts us to: “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”
I wish I could talk to each of you about small groups and community. Unfortunately I can’t. But, I encourage you to join a group if you are not already part of one.
- Do you participate in a small group? If not, why not?
- What do you see as the benefits of being in a small group?
- Pray and consider joining a small group this fall.