Have you ever tried to sit on a one-legged stool? Or a stool with just two legs? Hard to do, isn’t it? Stools with one or two legs will never hold you up for long. What you need is a three-legged stool.
Just as three legs are required to sit on a stool, three essential ingredients are required to live and grow in our Christian journey. The first ingredient is the Holy Spirit working in your life. The second is Scripture. And the third is other believers.
When a crisis hits or struggles come, those are times when I need the Holy Spirit’s power, the Bible’s truth and other believers' love and support. If I can find a way to keep those three “legs” under me, then when everything breaks loose I will have the resources to deal with the crisis.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another ...”
Did you notice the secret in this passage? The way to be stirred up to love and good deeds is by “meeting together” and meeting together by definition involves being with other people.
Spirituality is not exclusively vertical,; it also involves the horizontal. It involves how I live with others. We grow spiritually through our interactions with other people – others who help us see ourselves, who coach us, who push us, love us and call out the best in us.
This is why here at First Free, our strategy for helping you become Christ-centered and Christ-sent is to get you into God’s Word and get you into community. Small groups are critical to your spiritual growth. Unless you are developing relationships with other believers, you are not growing.
This fall we are going to focus on what a God-like community looks like by studying the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Philippians is known for some of it’s more memorable sentences:
“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice.”
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
But each of these sentences are tied closely to Paul’s overall message to the church for the need of unity and being on mission together.
This fall we are also going to strongly encourage you to begin practicing what God is teaching us by getting into a small group. In the month of September, we will be inviting each person to sign up for a small group that will launch the first week of October. These small groups will meet for eight weeks and begin to explore what it means to be a community together.
Why not right now plan on joining one of these small groups? Make sure that you are sitting on the three essential “legs” of the Christian faith.