Week 2.2 We Need Relationship
Another part of fellowship is enjoying the benefits of a close relationship with Jesus. As we experience the blessings of being united with Christ and His church we experience a joy that is not found anywhere else in the world. It is a joy that is only found in Christ and His people.
How do we make sure that we are experiencing this joy of fellowship with other Christians? By Joining a small group. There are a number of benefits. Here are three:
Friendship (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
Our lives are so busy and many of us do not have time for relationships outside of the home. When you joy a group, you get a scheduled time each week to spend with other Christians an build relationships. This how you truly get plugged into a church and body of believers.
Spiritual growth (Philippians 1:6)
6 I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
We are promised that God is going to continue to work in us until the day we go home to heaven. Spiritual growth is a result of spending time with God and His people. Make it a priority.
Accountability (Proverbs 27:17)
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.
I don’t know about you but I need help to do the things I need to do. Even though I know the habits that lead to growth and a pure life I still need help getting there. When you have others in your life who are willing to speak words of encouragement and rebuke into your life it help you both grow.
If you're looking to grow in your faith and build meaningful relationships, consider joining a small group or discipleship class ASAP.
How great is our God – Chris Tomlin
How Great Thou Art Traditional Hymn
Lord, Thank You for the connections formed in small groups, where genuine relationships are nurtured. Thank you for the support, encouragement, and love that flows through these gatherings, strengthening our bond as brothers and sisters in Christ.