1. How might you “spur” someone’s faith, hope, or love sometime this week?
2. What’s the greatest barrier between you and consistent, committed community (“meeting together”)? What makes it hard or holds you back?
Weak and needy people finding their hope in Christ’s grace are what mark a mature relationship. The most dangerous aspect of your relationships is not your weakness, but your delusions of strength. Self-reliance is almost always a component of a bad relationship.
There is no more important means of discipleship — of formation of Christian character — than deep involvement in the life of the church, the Christian community.
We are not merely “going to church.” We are participating in the greatest mystery and most wonderful wonder that any individual or group of human beings can ever experience. … There is an enjoyment of God, a “taste of the heavenly gift” (Heb. 6:4-5) and a “sharing in the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 14:26) and a “tasting of the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the age to come” (Col. 3:15-16) that cannot be experienced apart from the corporate gathering of Jesus’s church.