Day 5 - Fresh Start
When you decided to follow Jesus, you became a part of God’s great, big family. The local church is the gathering of God’s family and has been called the hope of the world! The church is not man’s idea, but God’s idea. As God’s family, we are supposed to gather together on a consistent basis. We do this to encourage, grow and motivate each other to love God and love others for Jesus. Gathering with other believers in a church setting is one of the best ways to stay connected to Jesus.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. - Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT
We know we live in a very “online” world right now, but we couldn’t encourage you enough to make actually walking through the doors of a church a priority in your life. When you attend a local church, there are a few things you should expect. You’ll hear a pastor teach from the Bible, there will be worship (which involves people singing and lifting their hands toward Heaven), and there should be a lot of happy, joyful people! It brings God joy when we gather together at church, learn how to follow Jesus more faithfully, and join with one united voice to sing and worship together.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! - Psalm 133:1 NIV
... singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. - Ephesians 5:19 NLT
There is so much meaning when we gather together. This sets the stage for God to do amazing things in our lives. The church began as a gathering of believers in one room, worshiping and praying. What was true then is still true today: God’s presence and power are experienced when we gather as the local church.
One of the greatest things we can learn about from the life of Jesus is the power of spending life with a small group of people. Jesus spent time with the masses, but He had 12 disciples that He poured His life into. At the beginning of our journeys, we have many questions that require answers. Gathering with a small group of other believers who can answer your questions, speak into your life, help with direction and wisdom, and pray with you and for you is vital. This will help you stay connected to Jesus and grow as a disciple.
Being a part of a small group can bring much fulfillment and purpose to our lives. Along with connecting to Jesus, there are other benefits to gathering with a small group of believers. At Christian Life, we call our small groups Life Groups.
4 BENEFITS OF LIFE GROUP COMMUNITY
1. Building healthy spiritual relationships – Being a part of a large church gathering is essential in a believer’s life, but sometimes it’s hard to find real connections in a room with a bunch of other people. Being a part of a small group will enable you to build those healthy relationships you were made for. Healthy relationships lead to healthy living.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. - Proverbs 13:20 NIV
2. Being accountable to each other – You become part of a new “biblical community” when you intentionally do life with other Christ followers. In biblical community, believers are accountable to each other. We often experience situations in life where we need people to encourage us, sharpen us and help us walk the Jesus-walk.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. - Proverbs 27:17 NIV
3. Caring for each other – Community does not stop during difficult times. Caring for each other when we face challenges in life is a vital component of community. Our commitment to Jesus is often challenged during hard times, and it is necessary to have help and care from our friends. Close friends who care for each other in tough times is priceless.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2 NIV
4. Sharing with each other – A biblical community is a safe place where a group of people can come together and share stories and experiences. Believers talk about various topics, and conversations can go from work to life in general. This creates an atmosphere where we can be authentic with one other, share our lives, share our resources and share our hearts.
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. - 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 NIV
WHERE CAN I FIND BIBLICAL COMMUNITY?
There are many areas of Christian Life where you may find biblical community and “gather small.” You may simply meet someone in the seat next to you on the weekend and develop a friendship that spills over into the week ahead. You may spend some time on our social media pages and develop friendships there. We have communities in the church for teenagers, young adults and over-50-year-olds. Perhaps you will find community by joining our mid-week bible study or one of our weekend or midweek serving teams. The BEST way that the people of Christian Life Church find real, biblical community is through our life groups. You can find a group that meets near you at clcburg.church/lifegroups.
Commit to being at a church service this upcoming weekend. We encourage you to join us at Christian Life Church or to find a life-giving church close to you. In the meantime, you can join us via online streaming at by clicking here.
Even if you have just become a Christian, you may already know other Christians. Intentionally connect with a Christian this week. Ask how he/she became a Christian and what Jesus has done in his/her life. Start developing the habit of having conversations about Jesus. And consider joining a life group!
Fresh Start: Beginning Your Faith Journey
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