by Lettie Cederquist
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” —Hebrews 10:24-25
I recently resumed meeting with my Bible study group after our summer break. This fall we are reading The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith. In the very first chapter, Smith describes the importance of participating in community. He says, “Just as the eternal Trinity (Father, Son and Spirit) live in community, so also we who are made in God’s image are meant to live and love in community” (p. 27).
I view community as one of God’s great gifts. The main purpose of our group is to study God’s Word together. I find I am more disciplined and intentional when I’m reading along with my sisters in Christ. Our different insights and perspectives help us explore the Bible on a deeper level and apply it to our daily lives.
I am also blessed to be part of College Moms, a prayer group for our college children. It is a privilege to pray for each other’s children. Knowing my sons are lifted in prayer brings me peace. Our group is very thankful to see evidence of God’s hand in our children’s lives through answers to our united prayers.
With both groups we bring much more to each other than some may perceive. We share our joys, struggles, and concerns. We pray together and for each other. We encourage each other, laugh together, and remind each other that we are God’s dearly-loved daughters.
The larger community of PLC as our Christian family is also very precious to me. Eighteen years ago, our family experienced a health crisis, and we were scared. Our PLC family supported us in many ways through childcare, meals, prayer, and Stephen Ministry. Thankfully, the crisis passed within a few months and through it we realized just how blessed we were to call PLC our church home. Gathering with our PLC family on Sunday mornings is a highlight of my week. Seeing your faces and worshipping together brings me joy.
I’m grateful God created us for community and set the example for it by being the Triune God. I encourage everyone to get involved with other brothers and sisters in Christ; whether through small groups, service, or something else. You’ll find yourselves drawing closer to God and each other.
Heavenly Father, You love us so deeply and You give us good and perfect gifts. Thank You for the gift of Christian community. May we continue to share life together with our Christian brothers and sisters, drawing closer to You and each other. May our lives reflect Your love—all for Your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.