Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Needing community.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
True or False: a Christian only needs to have a relationship with God in order to grow. Wrong! The New Testament often talks about the importance of the community of believers (or church) and how much we need each other to grow in our faith.
Consider the very early Christian church. Acts tells us that they “devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer….every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. (Acts 2: 42, 46-47) What was the result of all this fellowshipping together? “And the LORD added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2: 47)
That was the early Christian church. What about us? Paul wrote that Christians are connected to Jesus and to each other similar to a human body. Jesus is our head, and we make up all the other parts—we all have different abilities and gifts but we are working and growing together as one body! We rejoice with each other, cry with each other, bear each other’s heavy burdens, and worship God together. How amazing!
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” When we are connected to other Christians, Satan cannot easily break us. When we are in community with other Christians, we grow—in more ways than we can count!