“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
I was so excited when this verse popped up because I haven’t gotten to write anything about the importance of community or church yet.
Community is so important because we weren’t meant to do this on our own. We weren’t meant to struggle through life’s evils on our own. Community is there to lift us up and encourage us. When we’re surrounded by people who have similar goals and beliefs and who are all trying to better themselves for Christ, every day struggles are easier.
We can use people to encourage us and keep us accountable in our struggles as well. When we deal with certain sins, the Bible tells us to confide in our brothers and sisters because when other people know about it and lift you up in prayer you spend less time keeping your sin and secret and more time trying to overcome it. James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Another aspect of community is strength in numbers. One person is a voice in the crowd, but when the church becomes the crowd, they can make a positive impact. When enough people give money to build churches in urban areas, Christ’s presence can be seen and things can happen. When enough people stand to rally around a cause, more of an impact can be made for Christ. Numbers are powerful.
Christianity is not a solo sport. We need the church. We need to plug in, be held accountable, grow, learn and move mountains with our presence because God is with us.