Community Optional?

—Erin Smith, Community Group Coordinator

In a recent Christianity Today poll, 59% of young believers stated they don’t think they need other believers in their life. Is that true? Can I do this Christian life alone?

The book of Hebrews would say no. “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

This book is written to believers who are being tempted to turn back. They are being persecuted. They are faced with the lie that it would be easier not to follow Jesus. But the author reminds them, and us, over and over again that Jesus is better. He is worth following regardless of what hardships may come. But a key to being able to do that is to be in this together. Just look at the pronouns being used—“let us hold fast…let us consider…our hope.” Ours is a faith lived in community.

Personally, this is so clear as I think back on how my community group has shaped my life. Josh and I have had the privilege of being with the same group almost our whole time at CCC. We walked through good times and hard times with these people. We laughed together and mourned together. We prayed for and cried with as we walked through years of infertility. We brought meals to each other and opened our homes to one another. We learned how to follow Jesus…together.

Week in and week out it can seem mundane. Life is full and busy. It sometimes seems hard to leave home on a Friday night after a long day, only to have one of our kids have a meltdown. Hypothetically of course. ;) But it is worth it! It is truly a blessing to know these people and be known by them.

As the Fall approaches, I’d ask you: Do you have other believers in your life regularly? Are there spaces in your week where you can be honest with other Christians about how you are really doing? At CCC we offer many Community Groups and Men’s and Women’s Bible studies. If you haven’t checked those out yet, I hope you will take a look (email me at cg4ccc@gmail.com). It’s by no means the only way, but is a great way to be “encouraged all the more” as we wait for Christ’s return.