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THURSDAY — Can you live out your faith on your own?
Big Point: For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Mathew 18:20
Unfortunately, there are some Christians who believe they can live out the Christian life on their own. However, according to the scriptures, Lone Ranger Christians are not living out their faith in a way God intends for them to live. Listen to Pastor Tony Evans talk about the importance of being associated with a body of believers:
“No, you don’t have to go to church to be saved. Yes, you can worship God in your heart. But you do need the church to keep you on track. You do need the church to hold you accountable. You do need the church to remind you of your responsibility. You do need the church to care for you during the disasters of your life. You do need the church to encourage you as you keep walking down the right way. You don’t need the church to be saved but you need it to make sure you’re living like you’re saved.”
READ…What does the Bible say?
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (New Living Translation)
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triplebraided cord is not easily broken.
Proverbs 27:17 (New Living Translation) 17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Acts 2:46-47 (New Living Translation)
46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
THINK…Find the answers
According to Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron as a _______ sharpens a _______. In the context of how Christians are supposed to interact with each other, what does this verse mean?
Read Ecclesiastes 4:19. This verse explains why it is hazardous for Christ-followers to neglect being involved in significant Christian community. What can happen when there are two instead of one working together to handle life’s challenges?
In Acts 2:46-47, what were all of the things the believers spent time doing together? What happened as a result of daily fellowship?
LIVE…What will you do now?
Life is easier when you have another Christian friend or community by your side. You need people that are encouraging you when on a bad day or when you going through a tough trial. It is so important to have community of believers that you can walk through life with celebrating the good times and struggles alike.
What is the difference between having a non-Christian friend giving you advice about an important decision in your life and getting advice from someone who is a Christ-follower?
Can you think of a time that Christians around you helped you or encouraged you in your faith?
PRAY…God, What do You want me to know & do?
If you aren’t in regular Christian community that challenges you to grow in your faith, pray and ask God to open up opportunities for you to find such a community
Lose the loner life!Get Connected!
Did you know that people who are unconnected at church are more likely to stop going to church?
Let us help! This weekend, we will be hosting a Happy Hour Connecting Event at ALL CedarCreek campuses after each weekend service.
In what areas in your life would it be most important for your to have another Christ-follower to give you wise counsel:
Marriage ____ Dating ____ Parenting ____ Job ____ Trials ____
Daily Bible Reading Commentary: Numbers 1-4
Ch1: Moses was commanded to take census. The Lord knows all those that are His (2 Timothy 2:19) by name (Philippians 4:3) and even the hairs of their heads are numbered. To all others He will say “I never knew you.” Striking Facts: None under 20 years old were listed for military service. In compassion for their tender years God would not have them to bear arms. Nor were any to be numbered who were through any bodily infirmity, rendered unfit for war.
Ch2: Order of the host and arrangement of the camp. God is a God of order and not confusion, thus the camp of the saints should be compact, everyone knowing and keeping his God appointed place. Striking Facts: The chapter furnishes an illustration of the movable state of Christ’s people in the world, “strangers and pilgrims.” At the same time it is a military state—our life is a warfare, as “good soldiers of Jesus Christ.”
Ch3: Order of the host; placing of the Levites. Having gifts differing according to the Grace given us—if ministry, let us wait on our ministering (Romans 12:7). God has a place of definite service for each of His children. Striking Facts: The Church is called “the church of the firstborn” which is redeemed not as the firstborn of the Israelites, with silver and gold, but ransomed with the precious blood of Christ.
Ch4: The service of the Kohathrites, Gershonites and Merarites. There is a service appointed to each of God’s people in connection with His Church, and no matter how obscure the place it is important in God’s program. Striking Facts: (v3) They were not employed until 30 years old. This is not obligatory on Gospel ministers, but gives us a suggestion that ministers should not be novices but should be men of steadiness, and ripeness of judgment, knowing Christ well.