It seemed like everywhere I went past week, the word “community” got brought up. The importance of community, of having a unified body of believers, is often overlooked nowadays. People tend to leave encouraging one another to Sunday mornings, yet it is a vital characteristic in the church body.
Upon hearing this characteristic mentioned several times throughout the week, I searched my Bible for verses concerning community and what exactly it was meant to look like. Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV) really stood out to me:
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 draeing near.
Then it finally clicked: we are not meant to be just friends who chat on Sunday, but also to go deeper and encourage one another in their walk with the Lord. I love how it is put in Romans 12:15 (ESV)
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Community is quickly becoming even more important to me, especially here on my college campus. I encourage you to seek out a community of believers at your church, at your school, or in your area that truly seeks to spur one on in their relationship with Christ.