Scriptures: Romans 8:10-11, Matthew 18:20, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
On our very first day together, we talked about the community found within the Trinity. On day two, we talked about community with God and how we were given the opportunity for fellowship with God through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, we are talking about having community with other believers.
Community with others can feel extremely tricky to navigate at times. Sometimes, others hurt us or maybe we are the ones who hurt someone else. Perhaps you’ve tried the whole community thing but feel more left out than included. We are humans who are inevitably going to have difference of strong opinions and disagreements with one another. This can make having community with other believers feel difficult.
But having community with other brothers and sisters in Christ can be such a powerful component to our walk with the Lord. In our study yesterday, we briefly touched on the fact that once we become saved, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. Romans 8:10-11, ESV says, “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you”.
In Matthew 18, Jesus tells us that, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:19-20, ESV).
As followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is inside of me and inside of you. When two or more are gathered in His name, He is also there. I find this extremely powerful. Since the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us as individuals, it is really interesting that He would put such emphasis on the power of community, especially in prayer. Here, the Lord is making an intentional point to say that He moves when His people come together and join in community and in prayer.
The Old Testament also talks about the power of community. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone, and though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, ESV).
While having a relationship with God is the most important relationship that we could ever have, Scripture is really clear that He moves when God’s people come together.
Tomorrow, we are going to look at a community in Scripture and see how it’s example can be applied to our own Christian life.
Thank you for the gift of community. Not only for the community and fellowship that I experience with you, but also the godly community of believers I have in my life. I pray that you help me build deep and strong bonds in the name of Jesus with the community you put in my life. Help us love one another and uplift one another. Thank you for the gift that is community.
In your name,