I was part of a church community for seven years, and those were some of the best years of my life. Why? Because I wasn’t doing life alone. Humans weren’t created to live life on their own. We were created as relational beings and raised in homes with others because it’s vital to have a community of people surrounding you.
As Christians, it’s also essential for us to belong to a church community; we can’t afford to be isolated during our Christian walk.
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I believe a church community is there for you during the good and bad times; church members can encourage you, lift you up in prayer, gently correct you when you’re wrong, and be there for you in a time of need. The Bible declares: “As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.” (Proverbs 27:17) When we come together to share our journeys and experiences with each other, we’re most likely to feel more encouraged than when we first got there.
You may learn that a church member has experienced and overcome a circumstance that you’re dealing with at that moment. His or her freedom from this bondage assures us that you, too, can overcome or can achieve what others have achieved. There may be times when doubt tests our faith when we experience trials and tribulations, and if we don’t belong to a community of believers, we may stray from the path temporarily or for a long period of time.
That’s why we shouldn’t take the gathering of believers for granted; we can continuously learn, grow, and discover what God whispers not only to us but to His church in every season. I faced a hardship a while ago, and my pastors helped me out by giving me a job, encouraging me, and praying for me. I felt like a part of their immediate family. And when they faced their son being terminally ill, we all rallied together and prayed for them as the little boy’s health improved. There’s power in unity; there’s power in community.
If you’re not a part of a church community, you may not have another believer to rely on when you feel discouraged or are confronted with a difficult situation or secret sins. A church community is there to uplift you, pray with you, advise you on difficult decisions, and help you seek forgiveness from God when you fall short.
Believers are there through all seasons and help you become a better version of yourself.
I dealt with obstacles during the seven years I attended my previous church, and church members saw me through it all. I still consider them my true church family and wouldn’t trade them for anyone else. However, my new church is wonderful, too. I took a one-year hiatus, which really affected my faith (I moved countries during this time.), but I’m ready to build relationships while serving a new community. I look forward to what the New Year will unfold as I attend this new church.
Unfortunately, everyone hasn’t had a great experience at church; some have been hurt by church members and don’t want anything to do with the church anymore. That’s why praying for God to heal your heart and lead you to the right community of believers is so important. God will provide a community of people you can trust. There are opportunities waiting for you when you join a church community. My prayer is that you don’t miss out any more on healthy Christ-centered community.
If you’re looking for a new community to join, spend some time in prayer and ask God to lead you to the right place. He’ll plant you where you belong and will be the most useful for His kingdom. Believers, let’s encourage one another and welcome all people with open arms. Let’s invite everyone to join our community because we’re stronger together.
Originally Published on Iridescentwomen.com
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