“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17, NIV
When the Christian life gets difficult, we may easily become discouraged. The Bible emphasizes the idea of Christian connection and fellowship with other believers so that we may strengthen our faith, encourage one another and extend a helping hand in times of need. Ways to find connection and to nurture relationships with other Christians include church, Christian friendships and mentorship.
The Importance of Church
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:2, NIV
The idea of the church is a tremendously important theme in Scripture. The church is seen as “the body of Christ,” and each of us as a believer is a part of the body of Christ. Like the parts of a body, each person has a role and a purpose in the church that helps to support the body.
Not only is church a good way to form connections and relationships with like-minded individuals, but it is also a biblical concept. When we struggle in life, a good church is there to help and encourage us. Church is also an opportunity to serve others, both in the congregation and in the wider community.
Developing Christian Fellowship
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV
Christian friendship is also worth pursuing. Having a solid Christian friendship or a group of people to rely on, not only in general but specifically in the faith, can provide a unique kind of encouragement and support. Some Christian friendships of this kind may revolve around faith-based activities or events such as going to church, attending or hosting a Bible study or serving in the community. However, Christian friendship can also be more informal, embodied in actions like sending a text to check in on someone or being willing to talk when someone is struggling with a problem.
In Christian fellowship as described in the Bible, people are treated with love. Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Showing love and encouragement is priceless in Christian connections and relationships.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20, NIV
Another way that some Christians connect with each other is through mentorship. Wisdom is of great value, and the Bible highlights its importance. Many Christian connections you may get to know have wisdom and knowledge to offer and share. Mentors may be older people who know a lot about the Christian faith or may have had life experiences that deepened their faith. Mentees have the opportunity to learn from mentors, ask them questions and turn to them for help in bearing their burdens when they are struggling to understand something in their Christian walk.
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