Posted by: Terry | June 3, 2009

You can’t understand it all on your own!

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (Philemon 1:6 NIV)

Faith in Christ was never meant to be a completely private matter. We will never understand all of the good things we have in Christ unless we share our faith with other believers in the fellowship of community, and then reach out to show the world that this faith works and it is available for all.

Truth is nothing more than data and theory until it is tested and refined in the crucible of life. When we build relationships with others we see the truth of God played out on the stage of life. It is then that we begin to fully comprehend all that we have in Christ.

The promise of strength means little until we feel weak. The promise of comfort is only real when we hurt. The promise of providence means little until the funds are low. Community in the church gives us the chance to see God work in the lives of others, and it gives us the opportunity to apply the blessings of God to others and marvel at God working through our own weakness. We then fully understand all that we have in Christ.

Study, teaching and preaching are critical, community alone is not sufficient. It is the word applied by the Spirit that hides the word in our heart; nothing less than a desire to understand the whole message of God should satisfy.

Community is equally critical. Fellowship is where we see the truth applied. Small groups are where we are protected from rigidity and introspection. No solo acts, we need each other!

Our prayer, like Paul’s, must be that we share our faith. Share it with other believers and with those not yet believing. The miracle is that when we do, we grow in our understanding of Christ and his love, and the result is, “that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3)

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  1. I totally agree with you, Terry. I’ve been a Home Group supporter ever since I attended my first “Growth Group” meeting many, many years ago. One great thing about Home Groups is the way we tend to tear away the mask or veil that separates us from one another so that we can really praise and pray for each other without anything getting in the way. Many old inhibitions are taken care of and the communication line is clear.

  2. Hi Terry,

    It has been awhile (6-7 years) since we worked together in Wenatchee. Linked in is a wonderful way to reconnect. I found you through a question Nancy Owyang presented.

    I am on board with your message and glad to be encouraged through your efforts of this blog. I hope our paths will cross again.

    Rene


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