Are Christ followers ever afraid of joining a Christian community?
Finding a Christian community can be scary! Christians fear that people will judge them or they won’t fit in. It is not as intimidating though! Christians are called to be welcoming to other believers and also are called to cultivate community! Trying to live out faith without a community is hard because there is a lack of accountability, love, and support.
Hebrews 10:25 states, “not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Look at Jesus! He had a close-knit community and they supported and loved Him. Even everywhere He went no one felt like a stranger towards Him. That is how the Christian community should be! Inviting and warm like how Jesus was to everyone He encountered.
Along with that, all over the Bible there is scripture talking about community and the importance to be surrounded by other believers:
1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Finding a community can be difficult sometimes! Remember though that Christians are CALLED to be in community with one another. They are CALLED to carry each-others burdens and keep each other accountable. Christ followers are not called to go through life alone. Having a community is beautiful and has so many benefits. It helps people grow in their faith, and the calling God has for them.
So now what?
Here are some starting points in finding a Christian Community:
1. Start by praying that God would reveal the people that He wants you to be accountable to in your life.
2. Be active in finding a church to regularly attend and be willing to serve there.
3. Don’t be afraid to make the first move in friendships, sometimes it takes a push!
For any more questions and comments about community feel free to email us at LynchburgCommunityPrayer@gmail.com.