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Community Brings Growth

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Hebrews 10.24-25, Proverbs 27.17

People do what they believe. A person can talk about many things, but what he does proves what he believes. Growth for a Christ follower comes not just from increasing your intellectual knowledge of Scripture and doctrine, but also from practicing the knowledge you possess. This is one reason being part of a local church is essential for growth in the Christian faith. We are challenged, stretched and encouraged to put our faith into practice when we are in community with other believers.

Jesus’ commands are impossible to fulfill outside the community of believers. If we are to love one another (John 15:12) and teach others all He has taught us (Matthew 28:19-20), we have to be in relationship with others! It’s too easy to lose your hope when you’re on your own. But in relationship with other like-minded people, we press on. We overcome. God made the church to strengthen and encourage each other. Don’t give up on the church.

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