The Importance of Community

Anonymous asked:

Is it possible to go through life without a solid Christian friendship, or will God provide for you?

I answered:

Is it possible to go through life without good Christian friends? Maybe, but it doesn’t seem like you are interested in that as a possibility, nor should you be. You seem to be asking: A) will God provide for me in this area of life? and B) is it possible to make it in case He doesn’t? That is not the way to approach things.

Philippians 4:19 says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Sometimes it is easy to get it twisted and think of our wants as needs, but that is not the case here. Community is a need, friendship is a need. This Christianity thing is not meant to be done in isolation. Admitting to having a need is scary, because then what if it doesn’t happen? But it is an important step. Don’t downplay your actual needs out of fear.

Fellowship and community are important to Christianity, and they always have been. Jesus gathered the disciples and called them friends (John 15:13-15). The early church lived in community, studying the word together and sharing their lives (Acts 2:42). Trying to walk with the Lord in isolation is putting a massive, and unnecessary, hardship on yourself.

Friendship is important to the point that it is something to be sought out. Again, I know that can be a scary idea, especially to the more introverted among us. The good news is, community is so integral to Christianity that it plays to your favor in this case.

The point of Church is to find a community of other believers who are trying to work this thing out too, where everyone is looking for some help. If your church isn’t meeting this area of need in your life, it is time to find a new church. Some people seem to think that “there is no one my age to hang out with” is an unacceptable reason to leave a church, that is just untrue. That is one of the most vital functions of a church.

Friendship is a basic human need, and it is definitely a spiritual need. God will provide for you in this, and you should make any moves that are in front of you to be part of that provision. There are Christians out there who would be thrilled to have you as a friend and for you guys to walk through this life and faith together.

-Matt from The Bridge

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