“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. – Romans12:4-5
I can’t say it often enough. I am grateful, blessed, excited, and humbled to be part of what God is doing in and through Northstar Church. Every pastor says this, but it is the church family that supports us completely, prays for us, and enables us to do what we do. I love that our church is highly relational. People who walk through our doors know that nobody’s perfect, anything’s possible and everybody’s welcome. As Christians, when we are rooted together in Christ we are able to withstand a lot of difficulties because we are connected together. People who walk though our doors are not a number, they are people who are a part of a bigger family.
And it is in many ways like a family. There are special relationships formed in church because people who attend church share a common bond. That is because in most cases, casual friends may care about you but very seldom do they care deeply about your soul, will pray for you, will encourage you when you are down, will love you unconditionally, and will care about where you spend eternity. That type of relationship is often unique to the church.
1 John 1:7 says, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” Christian fellowship is distinct from other friendships and is different from just spending time with friends. Many people have told me that the church and the relationships within the church has made such a difference in their lives. Because we were not designed to do life alone, life is better when we do life together.
Certainly, there is no better place to do life with others than in small groups. Where else on earth are you surrounded by a group of loving friends who long for what is best for you and are willing to tolerate all your bumps along the way because they see you and themselves as working out of your salvation in Christ?
I also love that we are a praying church. Prayer is so vital, so central to being a Christian and having faithful partners that are praying for our church and for people far from the heart of God is a joy I never take for granted. Few things encourage me more than hearing how many people are praying for our church.
- Do you consider the church a family? Why or why not?
- Do you think it is possible to do life alone?
- Why do you think it is better to do life together? What differences have other believers made in your life?
- Pray this week for your church and your role in it.