How to Get Stronger Faith in Community

Do you have a community? I’m not talking about the town or city you live in, but a community of like-minded people?

Ideally it would be a community of other Christians.

Doesn’t the atmosphere of our nation right now lead us to feel like we need a group of people heading in the same direction?

We definitely have seen, as provided by our media, the uniting of people protesting the election. That same media, fails to show us the groups uniting peacefully.

With all the violence evident online, we might feel our hearts quivering because fear and anxiety seem more powerful than our faith.

How to Get Stronger Faith in Community? Why we need Christian friends. Benefits of banding together such as increase in faith, decrease in fear, less depression and anxiety.

The Importance of Community

Our culture likes to tell us that strength can be found in ourselves. We don’t need anyone. If you look at statistics though, loneliness, depression and anxiety are at an all-time high.

Something doesn’t add up, does it?

I don’t know about you, but especially after this Election, when I listen to or read the social media, I feel almost like I’m doing life alone. Shaking my head and feeling the butterflies in my stomach, it seems like I might be alone in my faith.

What is the Truth, because we see lots of different opinions flying around.

God wants His believers to remain in community together.  God doesn’t want us to do life alone.

The definition of community according to Merriam-Webster is: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood), a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc., a group of nations.

Jesus Constructed a Community

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose 12 disciples? Some have said it is based on the number 12 as seen in many parts of the Bible.

Could I also have us agree that this number of 12 would also create a community brought together for a common cause of spreading the Gospel?

The disciples and (the other followers of Jesus) united to learn, grow and be a band of like- minded brothers and sisters. We can persevere and endure a lot more when we have a group behind us.

We can make things happen when we are united in a common goal to change the cultural norms and atmosphere. Jesus and His followers joined together and started to cause an upheaval in the current cultural settings. We see Pharisees and Jewish leaders start to feel threatened when people’s beliefs and feelings start to change.

Banding together as Christians Now

Strength happens in numbers. We can’t spread the Gospel or gather people up in faith alone. We need to unite now.

When we band in a group, faith comes alive and changes us while also changing the lives of people we reach.

Why a Christian Community helps:

  1. We become more like Jesus
  2.  Bolster our faith
  3. We get a handle on struggles
  4. Encouragement for our emotions
  5. Recognize and focus in on our spiritual gifts
  6. Learn from others
  7. Serve others
  8. Others help guide us and give us accountability

 

Life Letter Café is trying to grow. We might find ourselves asking why is there a need for my financial support?

Here’s the key, we can’t change the world by ourselves. We can’t bring people to faith without a group effect. We can’t make major strides without building the community which takes money.

As Christians, our job is to create a place to grow, practice servitude and become more like Christ.

Hebrews 10:24-25(GW)We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. 25 We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.

 

How to Get Stronger Faith in Community? Why we need Christian friends. Benefits of banding together such as increase in faith, decrease in fear, less depression and anxiety.

 

This ideal place is a Christian community, much like the community of writers here at Life Letter Café. The idea of Life Letter Café is to build a bigger place where more writers, readers and new or seeking Christians can find more information about this common goal of Christian Living.

If we don’t build it, they can’t benefit from it.

We need others banded around us to encourage us. It feels like dark times, doesn’t it?

I don’t know about you, but finding the light is always great encouragement for my soul and mind.

I need somewhere safe where I can be nourished, uplifted and encouraged to continue on with my eyes set on the Heavenly prize.

Will you help us create this Christian Community?

For more information about the Smash Fund to build this Community click here.

 

 

 

About the author : Julie Loos

Julie Loos

Julie Loos is wife, mother, and writer who writes about trusting God when life is hard. She likes to write about her messes at www.unmaskingthemess.com. Julie can be found chauffeuring her kids to their activities with an iced tea in her hand, or collecting more chickens at her hobby farm in the hills of Wisconsin.

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