Growing In Faith
Believers need one another. They need mutual support and spurring toward greater service for their Savior that can only be found in gatherings with other followers. God urges believers to meet together because they need one another to stay strong in the faith.
The example from the early believers in Acts 2 has become a model that many modern churches strive to achieve in terms of community and spiritual growth. Many believers long for the closeness and encouragement that marked the early church.
Today, followers of Christ can continue to be encouraged and strengthened in their faith by regularly meeting with other believers. Christians benefit greatly when they engage in church as a community.
Regularly meeting with other Christians is essential because of the need for spiritual encouragement during persecution, the need for a support system, accountability, and to help build up the church, which can only happen in a Christ-exalting community of believers.
So, what are some reasons we need to meet with each other regularly? First, we have a need for a support system. We need a support system to stay grounded in the faith. God created humans to be with other humans, which is why the Christian community is vital to a believer’s faith. The church consists of individual believers, but the image of the church being the “body of Christ” demonstrates the need for Christians to be connected.
If we neglect gathering together for encouragement and loving fellowship, then the “body” will suffer. For the sake of both themselves and others, believers should gather with other followers of Christ and find strength in the mutual encouragement such community offers.
Secondly, we need accountability. Regularly attending a local church can also provide accountability in our lives.
Meeting with other Christians who are firmly grounded in the Word and in their faith can assist in your own walk with Christ. A person’s local church can provide accountability to stimulate growth in Christ and the production of spiritual fruit.
The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation but in fellowship with other believers. For this reason, Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) tells us to “consider how we may spur one another on toward 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—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” If we hope to grow spiritually and endure for the long haul, we need our brothers and sisters in Christ for encouragement.
Regular, real-life, day-to-day fellowship with other Christians is an essential component of Christian growth and perseverance. If we, like the writer of Hebrews, live with the expectation that the day of Christ’s return is soon, we will grasp the importance of spurring one another on in our walk of faith. But if we give up meeting together, how can we expect to give support and receive encouragement.
Christians ought not to give up meeting together because we form one family—God’s family, or the “household of faith”. As members of God’s household, believers are to show love for one another, hospitality, tenderness, compassion, and humility.
Paul compared the church to the human body, explaining, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” (1 Corinthians 12:21, NLT) Every member of the body of Christ—God’s family—is essential and valuable. Through Christ, God puts believers together “like living stones” to be “built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood” with Jesus as the foundation stone.
Only through authentic relationships with other believers can we live out the faith we profess and become all that God has destined us to be—when we do not give up meeting together with other Christians.
We all need godly friendships and I’m abundantly thankful for the women God has put in my life!