I 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.