We Are Brothers and Sisters
Everyone loves to be around friends. Even if you consider yourself an introvert, I’m sure you have at least one very close friend that you talk to about everything. When we make the decision to accept Christ, we join the Kingdom of God as one of His children.
Galatians 3:26 says, “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (ESV)
Having God as our Father makes all believers brothers and sisters through Him. This is an amazing thing that shows just how connected the Kingdom of God is.
The Importance of Brothers and Sisters
It is very important that we recognize our calling to be connected as brothers and sisters. We aren’t just called to be one of the children of God but we are called to meet with and love our brothers and sisters. The Bible is full of believers gathered together in worship. The Old Testament talks about churches and groups of believers meeting together. The New Testament was written as mostly letters to the churches. This just shows us that it has always been God’s plan for us to meet together.
But why is it so important to meet together? I’ll tell you why. Because meeting together brings strength, encouragement, and demonstrates God’s grace.
When gathered together, even if it’s just with one other believer, we can share our struggles. We can lean on one another for support. We are able to stand together in love and prayer. When one is down, we can strengthen and encourage the other person with God’s Word and His love shown through us.
Every Friday night I go to a local Bible study with some of my friends. Some weeks I am so down and ready to just go to bed instead. But every time I walk in those doors, I’m greeted with hugs, smiles, and kindness. I am able to share about my week, listen to them share about theirs, and join together in prayer. This encourages me so much and pushes me to keep going.
Every Sunday I go to church and meet with these believers again. We are able to worship Jesus in music, pray as a church, and get some knowledge, guidance, and some well-needed conviction from our pastor.
Every Wednesday night our church youth group meets. This is the equivalent of Bible study for teenagers. At my old church it was miraculous to see our youth meet because we were so big. They would meet new people that went to the same school, played the same sport or instrument, and made huge new connections. At my current church the youth group is a family. It was the same way at my former church but here they are smaller and more intimate and able to bond to one other in a different way.
My church also offers weekly adult bible study, weekly prayer meetings, and special events to gather with other believers. I try to go to as many as I can because with each event I am able to grow closer to my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Through all of these things, bible studies, youth groups, Sunday services, prayer meetings, and more we are able to grow as children of Christ, encourage one another, strengthen each other, and gather together for Jesus glory.