Lone Ranger Christian?

togetherI have read numerous articles recently about the growing number of people who are dropping out of churches. They are still attempting to maintain their own relationship with God by themselves, but refuse to gather together with others.

I think that’s very sad.

Right from the beginning, the Christian faith has been a together-faith. Jesus didn’t just do everything on His own. He hung out with a dozen guys that he poured His life into. When He sent them out, He sent them with at least one other (Mark 6:7, Luke 10:1). Later, throughout the book of Acts, the apostles always seemed to have a traveling companion and fellow minister.

The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us plainly, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Have you ever considered that you can’t “stir up one another to love and good works” on your own? And you can’t be stirred up by someone else to love and good works on your own?

The fact is that you can’t meet together on your own. You can’t encourage one another on your own. All of these take at least one other person. So, it takes other people in our lives to accomplish what this passage says, right?

So, if we’re honest, we can’t go it alone and be obedient to the Bible.

Other people help us see from a different perspective. They remind us about God and the truth of His Word, what is right and what is wrong. They often can sway us toward right and godly choices. They pray for us. They encourage us. They help us along on the right path.

And although we can do some of those things on our own, they are increased exponentially when we are in koinonia – true biblical fellowship – with others.

You need the strength that comes from regularly being in fellowship with other believers.

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3 Responses to Lone Ranger Christian?

  1. matt says:

    And in becoming more like Jesus, we see His very nature is that of communion with Father and Spirit. We were designed to be in that koinonia, as we were created in His image.
    Good thought.

  2. Anne-marie says:

    I know a growing number of people who have left churches but are actively engaging with other Christians in even more meaningful ways than when they were attending church. Unfortunately, so much of what passes as “church” is often more religious ritual than it is stirring up one another to love and good works. This is not to discount anything you have said, Tom; you are absolutely right that the Christian faith is a together-faith. What’s sad to me is when being physically present at the church meeting is considered more important than, and often a substitution for, close and personal relationships.

    • Tom Kraeuter says:

      Although I see your point and agree to an extent, there is another angle. A dear friend of mine said it this way: “To the extent that we shop for churches to suit our tastes, how much of this is out of a desire to protect our own sense of safety and comfort and meet our own needs (and avoid the hard work of growing into mature Christians who can demonstrate the difference between unity and conformity) and how much is out of a deep conviction that the Lord Himself is placing us right where He wants us?” For more on this topic, check out my post from a few years ago, https://tomakeyouthink.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/looking-for-a-church/

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