is a Community in Christ:
Being with One Another
“No Man is an Island.” This insightful statement by John Donne, is an excellent intro-duction to the next aspect of our discussion on fellowship. We cannot do without one another in the life, ministry and body of Jesus Christ. We cannot know the blessedness of being Christians without relationships and experiences with other Christians.
In Hebrews 10:24-25, we read, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on to-ward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.”
Some people say that they do not need to go to church to be a Christian. It is true that a person does not become a Christian by going to church. A person becomes a Christian by confessing one's sinfulness, accepting/receiving Jesus Christ as one's Savior and obediently trusting in Him as Lord. But a person does need to participate in a church, which is a community of believers, for the very reasons stated in the above scripture. Now the experience of community can occur through worship in large group settings, but deeper community is experienced in small group settings like Youth groups, men or women's Bible study groups, Circle Bible studies, prayer groups or Adult Bible study groups.
Being with one another as Christians is very, very important. It is vital for oneself and others.
We cannot be “alive” Christians, if we are not taking the time to maintain our faith and spend time in friendship with others who have faith in God, worshipping, serving and enjoying each other's friendship in Christ. Here is a short story which illustrates this.
A preacher in a rural community heard that a man in his congregation had announced that he would no longer attend worship services because he had decided he could commune with God just as easily in his fields and garden and among his trees. One late autumn evening, the preacher called on this reluctant Christian and for awhile the two men sat before the blazing fireplace saying little or nothing, and not a word about the church. The man waited uneasily for the preacher to bring up the subject. The preacher was aware that he was expected to rebuke the man. Finally, the preacher picked up the tongs, lifted a single glowing coal from the fire and set it down on the hearth, and silently waited until the coal quickly ceased burning while the other coals in the fire continued to burn brightly. “You see what happens,” said the preacher. “You need say no more,” replied the man. “Man cannot live alone. I'll be at church next Sunday.”
We need each other. I strongly encourage Christians to get involved in small groups in one form or another and we hope to see you on Sunday!
Striving to Serve,
-Pastor Perry DeGroot