We all know a lone ranger who prefers time alone to an evening spent with a group of friends. But the reality is, no matter whether we are an outgoing extrovert or a quiet introvert, we all need biblical community. There is not a single example in Scripture of a spiritual hermit or one who followed Christ alone. God created us to be a part of community.
This is one of the reasons LIFE Groups play such an important role in discipleship. Biblical community is necessary to become the kind of Christ followers God intends for us to be. While there are multiple examples of why we need to be a part of biblical community, here are just a few:
- We need the accountability and protection that a LIFE Group provides. The enemy is fierce. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”
- LIFE Groups provide a place to grow in our understanding of the Word and have fellowship with other believers. This is the precedent set in the New Testament. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
- Life can be difficult and when we go through tough seasons, we need to be surrounded by other believers. Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Those who are disconnected from biblical community are vulnerable. As you think of people God has placed in your sphere of influence, consider those who are unconnected and invite them to your LIFE Group. Encourage your group members to do the same. Everyone needs to be actively engaged in biblical community.
As a LIFE Group leader, you are making an enormous spiritual investment in the body of Christ and in the lives of those you lead. Be encouraged that this commitment is time well spent and your contribution matters a great deal.