God created us to live in community, to challenge and to encourage one another, for this is what keeps us strong in our faith.
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
Romans 1:11–12 (NIV)
In the early church, believers depended on one another, living in community and sharing their worldly goods. Together, they preached the Gospel and grew in faith; and every day their numbers grew. God calls us to serve one another as we follow Christ, for we fulfill God’s purposes when we strengthen one another.
STRONGER TOGETHER: Many friends have strengthened my faith by reminding me of God’s truth in scripture, gently showing me when I need to change my ways, praying with me during hard times, sending notes to remind me I am loved, and holding me accountable for spiritual practices, such as prayer, Bible study, and worship with God’s people. We need each other. In times of testing or doubt, our Christian friends can help us through. When our faith is strong, we can encourage those friends in return. How will you encourage a friend in faith this week—call, text, hug, pray?