Humans were not created to do life alone. Jesus surrounded Himself with men and women He trusted. They traveled together, learned together, shared the gospel together, and served their communities together. They ate together, prayed together, lived together, and grew together.
Later, after Jesus’s death and resurrection the believers continued to follow these practices that Jesus had set in place. They called this new group of believers the church. The leaders who built the church likened it to a physical body. Everyone had a role, and they were all supposed to work together as a unit. They weren’t supposed to just worship and learn together; they were supposed to eat together, lift one another up when they fell into sin, encourage one another, help each other when they faced financial hardships, pray for one another, and love one another. So the church is not just a building, but a living, breathing body of believers who work together to share the gospel, help those in need, and support and encourage each other.
That is what being a part of the church looks like. And there are a few ways that you can be involved like this at church.
But why? Why take time to be a part of a community? Because Jesus did. He knew that it was important to fight for relationships; to courageously step out of our comfort zones and develop communities that would support each other when the world becomes too much; to spend time with people who will sit with us in our pain, cry with us, laugh with us, and grow and learn with us. In which way would you like to get connected?