Followers of Christ were not intended to be the “Lone Ranger.” We were designed to be part of the Body of Christ. We need Jesus most of all. We also need fellowship with other believers. No one person has all of the spiritual gifts (described in 1 Cor. 12). We are to work together just like the human body.
An eye by itself wouldn’t be able to get much done. A hand cut off and laying on the ground can’t do any work or bless anyone.
We start by each being yielded fully to Jesus as Lord and seek a strong individual walk with Him. Then we are all joined together and the power of the Holy Spirit of the Living God flows through us all. He empowers us with His love and unity and it is amazing what He can do!
HOW CAN YOU FOSTER A STRONG CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY?
13 ideas to prayerfully consider to build Christian friendships.
- Seek to join a Bible-teaching, Bible-living, Spirit-filled church. (I know this is more challenging in some areas than others.)
- Get involved in some type of small-group every week where there is time for Bible teaching, ministry to others, and time for fellowship.
- Invite other believers (singles, couples, and families) over to your home for a few hours on Friday night or Saturday. Or have a bonfire or cookout at a park. Everyone can bring part of the meal.
- Get other women’s cell numbers and stay connected through the week.
- When wonderful things happen in your believing friends’ families, go celebrate with them! Take them food when a baby is born. Go to each others’ birthday parties. Celebrate graduations. Do fun things together.
- When painful things happen, be there for each other. Go get groceries for a family that just experienced a death. Get together with another family or two and take dinner to someone who is reeling from a cancer diagnosis. Offer to help take care of a friend’s kids or pets when someone is sick or grieving.
- Get together with just the ladies sometimes.
- Pray together with the other couples over your families, your church, the country, and/or the world.
- Share prayer requests with the other women during the week and pray for each other individually.
- Talk about what God is doing in your life and what you are learning.
- Consider inviting an unbeliever or two to join you just to love on them and minister to them sometimes.
- Consider doing some kind of ministry project together as a group.
- Consider rotating the people you invite over so that you can build an even bigger community of blessing.
Building a strong community of believers takes time. It requires sacrifice of other things. But it is SO worth it!
This is something Greg and I are committed to doing a lot more of in 2020.
That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.1 Cor. 12:25-27
Praying for God to open doors to each of us to build a stronger community of believers around us and in our churches.
We thank You for Your answers to prayer and for strong Christian friends. We pray You might provide this blessing to every woman (and man) represented here. Help us see opportunities and continue to reach out and not get discouraged when people’s schedules are busy. Help us to build strong, godly relationships that bring glory and honor to You and that strengthen our faith and the faith of those around us.
Help us to love You first with all our hearts and to love others with Your love. You prayed in John 17 for Your church to be united and without division. We pray this with you and invite You to do the supernatural work in us that only You can do.
Be glorified in our lives individually, in our friendships, and in our church communities.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Heb. 10:24-25
What ways have you found that work to build a strong community of Christ-followers? We’d love to hear about it!