Life Lessons

Why Do We Need to be in a Faith Community

Are you living as a community of one? While this may sound contradictory the truth is many times we function as our own faith community. Instead of taking time to fellowship with others we seek to do life independently.

In many ways, our world is all about doing things on our own instead of as a community. As young adults, we’ve found a way to be self-dependent when it comes to our everyday lives. I’ll be the first to admit that this practice has carried over into my spiritual life.

Today we able to watch a church service on our phones, or if we go to church we walk in for service and leave right after. We can find bible studies through a simple Google search. It’s even possible to have our Bible app read to us. If we’re able to accomplish all this alone, why do we need to be a part of a faith community?

Doing Faith Alone

When I moved back to my hometown a few years ago the first thing I missed was my church and my friends. I had an amazing support group back in Houston who encouraged me to grow deeper in my faith. They also gave me the support and friendship I needed in one of the darkest seasons I’ve faced.

Eager to find a community that resembled the one I had, I started searching for a new church. After a few months of looking to find a group to fellowship with and started to get discouraged. I felt like I would never have what I left behind and maybe I should just practice my faith alone.

So for a while I watched my old church online and participated as though I was there. This worked for a while but every time I felt alone and that I couldn’t grow in my faith by myself. I realized that if I really wanted to experience the fullness of Jesus then I had to find a community.

Growing Through Community

In Genesis 2:18 God says that it’s not good for man to be alone which results in God creating a partner for him. While He did do this to establish marriage, it’s also important to note how this formed a community. These two along with generations after them found fellowship, accountability, and healing through walking together in faith.

One of the most beautiful examples of this comes from Acts 2:42-47. The early church is described almost like a family who cultivates one another along with those outside their community. They worshipped, ate, and supported one another as a group who sought after Christ.

Being in a community fulfills our need to belong because we are then a member of the Body of Christ. As it says in 1 Corinthians 12:14 “For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” As relational beings, we are made to be in community with others and not experience life by alone.

When We Come Together

Last summer I found a young adults group to join that meets for Bible study and game night. Being a member of this group has changed the way I read the bible and spend time in prayer. Plus, I’ve been able to connect with people who I feel connected to both personally and spiritually.

When we’re a part of a community who are pouring into us we develop in every area of our life. Our hearts, minds, and spiritual walk changes because we are strengthening one another. As we fellowship with others our faith becomes stronger and we are able to experience God in new ways.

If you’re not a part of a community then I encourage you to find one in your area. (If you guys are interested I can share a list of groups.) There’s nothing like creating friendships with other Christians and developing lasting bonds. How have you grown from being a part of a community and fellowshipping with others?

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