And those who believed … were baptized—about three thousand in all! …They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, (and) met in small groups in homes … Acts 2:41, 46 (TLB)
The church is a community of faith. God designed us to do life together as Christ followers. Peter even calls us a “royal priesthood.” (1 Peter 2:9) That means God looks upon us as one corporately – not just individually. Together, we are one body in Christ. In Romans 12:4-5, the Bible says,
Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.
God never designed us to be lone rangers, doing faith in isolation. From the beginning of the church, the Bible says that those 3,000 who believed the message Peter preached at Pentecost were baptized and met together regularly at the Temple and in small groups in homes. Is that descriptive of your Christian experience? If not, you’re missing out on the adventure of doing life together with other Christ followers. When that happens, it weakens the church. Imagine if parts of your body decided to stay in bed when you got up for work in the morning! I’m not sure that excuse would fly with your boss. To be healthy, we need each other. The writer of Hebrews put it like this in Hebrews 10:24-25.
In response to all He has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good. Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near.
If you want to thrive in your faith, get connected with a local church family and begin to do life together. Find a small group of like-minded Christ followers, or host one yourself, and take the challenge to grow together. Many of those recently baptized at our Super Summer Baptism are forming groups to read through the New Testament together as the Bible was meant to be read – less like a reference book and more like a story. Once a week, they will meet in homes to share insights from what they’ve read. Just like the believers in the New Testament, we need to worship together in both large and small groups if we are to experience the fullness of God in our lives. If you would like to be a part of a community Bible experience at our Woodlands or Atascocita campuses, register online at wc.org/SmallGroups for an unforgettable journey this summer!