Matthew 18:20New International Version (NIV)
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
A community is one of the best parts of being the church. You don’t have to be in a building to be in church. The body of believers in Christ Jesus are the church. You can have church anywhere. And if you are like me, you are more aptly to stay in the Word and focus on the Lord and His plans for you when you are held accountable. Accountability is a much-needed tool for the church. When we join together in community (i.e. small groups), we have others that are there to pray with us and for us and to lift one another up and encourage each other. Community works best when you meet with the same group of people of a certain time period or consecutive weeks. I do not think that you can just meet once or twice and be established. There are some small groups, that have been meeting for years and lifelong friendships have been established.
We have the Holy Spirit living within us. He actually dwells within us. He is our guide and shows us grace when we make poor choices, He convicts our hearts and we know that whatever choice we made, it wasn’t the best one. The Holy Spirit knows we will make mistakes, it’s part of living in the flesh. He doesn’t condemn us because of our sins. He offers gentle correction and gives us influences in our lives that will help to guide us in Godly ways.
The Life Group I am part of meets once a week for a few hours. We share with one another what is happening in our lives and how we have seen God working in them. We study the Bible and glean the meanings of the teachings within the borders of the binding and we help one another with prayers and support. And I can’t imagine doing life without this group. It’s not a requirement to attend and you don’t get demerits if you don’t show up; however, it is the fuel the fills my tank to get me through my week. And if we have struggles before the next meeting we have the opportunity to reach out to one another and be there for one another.
I am very blessed to be part of a community of women that have moved and inspired me in every aspect of my life. God knew what he was doing when he prompted me to attend this Life Group over two years ago. I cannot imagine my life without any of the women I have become so blessed to know, personally.
2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
If you are not part of a small community group; I highly recommend you seek one out or create your own. God did not create us to be alone.
Jesus Loves You! Blessings-Carlene
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Thanks, Carlene! My wife and I were happy to be “lone rangers” at our church. We made a beeline for the parking lot after service because we didn’t want to be in anyone’s back pocket ever again. Well, the Lord finally got us into a community group two months ago. We’re still getting to know everyone (18 people total) but it’s already been a blessing in our lives. Christians weren’t meant to sojourn alone. The Lord ministers through us.
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I totally understand. It’s hard to be part of a loving community if you’ve been hurt by a church or church people in the past. As you said, we are not meant to travel alone. Blessings to you and your wife.
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