Scripture

Genesis 1:27 & 2:18 (NIV)
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Matt 28:19-20 (NIV)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Questions

Reread the Acts 2 passage above. What do we learn about God’s desire for community amongst believers? What are some of the things you find get in the way of people engaging in church life beyond a weekly service?
How would you respond to someone who says that they can fly solo in their faith/that they have no need for the church? Why do you think community with other believers is so important?
Write down or share with your group some of the ways in which relationships
with other believers have positively impacted your relationship with God.
(Perhaps it was an individual/a group who supported you through a difficult season or a relationship that God has used to sharpen you in your faith).

Practical Application

“I’ve heard it said before that the church is not just an event, it is a spiritual family.

Yet many people never “cross the river” as it were, making the journey from seeing church as a weekly event, to a more rich, deeper, daily connection with God and with others. God has made us for this kind of life; to walk and grow with Him in the company of others”.

(Will Herron – Director of Discipleship)

 

Take some time to consider who you could invite into community this week.
Maybe it’s a first step of meeting someone for coffee, or perhaps they are ready to jump into a serving opportunity or group at The Ridge. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to who around you is ready to step into a deeper connection with God in the company of others.

Discussion

With the advent of streaming services, Bible apps, Spotify worship playlists, and digital study series’, one could be tempted to ask whether we really need other Christians in our life as we follow after Christ. Cant we just fly solo? Join Will and his Mom, Carol, as they share just how critical and impactful community can be as a believer, both inside and outside of the church.

 


Go Further

The Folly of Looking for Community – Article by Alasdair Groves
Why Should I Join a Small Group? – Teaching by Rick Warren
Good Grace – Song by Hillsong Worship