BCL Grow: Life Together — Romans 12:4-5
Romans 12:4-5 (Church)
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. — Romans 12:4-5
“We belong to one another only through and in Jesus Christ. What does this mean? It means, first, that a Christian needs others because of Jesus Christ. It means, second, that a Christian comes to others only through Jesus Christ. It means, third, that in Jesus Christ we have been chosen from eternity, accepted in time, and united for eternity.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community, p. 21.
Steps to Take
1. Ask: What does your church community mean to you? How do your relationships in your local church reflect that meaning?
2. Consider: Jesus did not mean for us to live the Christian life without meaningful connection to our brothers and sisters in Christ and faithful shepherds who care for our souls. Furthermore, God has given every believer gifts to be used in the building up of the body.
3. Do: Your local church family is going to experience joys, struggles, laughter, tears, and possibly even despair at times. When you are missing from church, part of the body is missing. Take your church attendance seriously and commit to a local church community where you can bear one another’s burdens in Christ. Life together happens when the saints gather regularly with each other to worship God as one body.
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