Lie #5: Church is not Necessary for my Spiritual Growth
Longing for FELLOWSHIP
Individualism is a prevalent problem in our society. People are constantly around others, but they remain isolated because they are not willing to be genuinely authentic with others about their life. God wants us to gather with other believers regularly because:
- We are made to connect spiritually with believers.
There is no such thing as a “lone” Christian. According to Hebrews 10:22-25, there are four things we can do together as believers that are almost impossible to do in isolation:
- LET US draw near to God with an honest heart.
- LET US stand firm in our convictions.
- LET US spur each other to goodness.
- LET US encourage each other to persevere.
Personal and Group Study
1. Do you have a group of spiritual brothers and sisters in your life that you meet with regularly? If not, then will you sign-up for L.I.F.E. Groups in obedience to Hebrews 10:22-25?
2. Do you have someone in your life that you can be completely transparent and you know that he or she will love you anyway? Who is helping you have an honest heart so that you are able to draw near to God on a consistent basis?
3. Study Jesus as a small group leader. His small group had 12 members (Mt. 4:18-22; Lk. 6:13-16). Jesus taught large crowds (Mk. 12:37), small crowds (Mt. 26:6), and groups of 3 (Mt. 26:37). Jesus spent the majority of His time with His small group. As the hour of His death got closer, He spent more time just with His disciples—not the large crowds.
4. Even though L.I.F.E. Groups can meet at any place, there seems to be something special about meeting in homes. The early church met in homes (Romans 16:3-5; Philemon 1:2; they did many things “from house to house” - Acts 2:46; 5:42; 20:20). Why do you think “the home” is one of the best places to meet as a group?
Applying the Bible
5. Discuss the word koinonia (deep connectedness in the spirit of Jesus Christ). Do you have that in your groups your gather with? What can you do to nurture this spirit in your group?
6. Do you need to spur someone to do good, but you are avoiding that difficult situation? Ask Christ for courage and have the difficult conversation. Go alongside and encourage.