People are made for community. We’re designed as social beings that need connection with our God and with other people. When God created Adam, he said it was not good for him to be alone and provided Eve as a partner.
God gave us a blueprint for family and instructed his people on how to build a society with just laws and civil community. When Jesus ministered on earth, he trained disciples and continually connected with groups and crowds. The early church, as described in the book of Acts, had a strong sense of community. They devoted themselves to regular fellowship.
Christian Life is about Community and Family
The Christian life is not a life of solitude or one of remote interaction. We are blessed by our modern technology that allows us to connect from a distance. Yet we also know that virtual gatherings cannot replace or displace being present together. We are more than a collection of people interested in shared goals. We are a spiritual family—and families nurture togetherness.
Fellowship with each other and the opportunity to come together to worship our Heavenly Father is a beautiful gift. It’s not about the room, or a particular message, or even the music. It’s all these things together with the interaction with each other. Yet it’s still something more: When we gather as a church to worship, we are entering a sacred space of coming before God in humility and love for all that He is. This is the gift.
Gathering Together Helps us Grow in our Faith
We are strengthened by our worship together because we are fully and actively participating with the Holy Spirit in our midst. When we worship together, we also provide encouragement and connection to others who have come to get to know Jesus and build a relationship with him and other Christians.
We’re stronger when we worship together because we are made for community and because Christianity is a relationship. Let us celebrate the joy of being present together with our Lord this and every Sunday.