BCL Grow: Fellowship — Hebrews 10:24-25
Hebrews 10:24-25 (Church)
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
“Hopeful, therefore, here had much ado to keep his brother's head above water; yea, sometimes he would be quite gone down, and then, ere a while he would rise up again half dead. Hopeful would also endeavor to comfort him, saying, ‘Brother, I see the gate, and men standing by to receive us;’ but Christian would answer, ‘It is you, it is you they wait for: you have been hopeful ever since I knew you.’ ‘And so have you,’ said he to Christian.” — John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, ch. 11.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: In John Bunyan’s allegorical story The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian and his friend Hopeful must cross a deep river to get to the gate that leads to the Celestial City. After entering the water, Christian begins to doubt whether he will be able to traverse the river because of his sin, but Hopeful reminds Christian that the trials of the watery crossing are meant to test his faith. Hopeful’s encouragement strengthens Christian, and they both successfully cross the river.
2. Reflect: Think about times in your life when you felt condemned by the weight of your sin, even though you recognize that you have been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ. It is essential to stay connected with your brothers and sisters in Christ because of the tendency to doubt God’s grace and Christ’s finished work on our behalf.
3. Act: If you are not attending church regularly, make the commitment right now to find a local church and place yourself under the faithful leadership of the pastors, elders, and deacons God has provided to care for your soul. Remember that fellow believers need you to be an encouragement to them!
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