If you were away from us at The Journey Church this past weekend here is what you missed:
As we enter our fifth week of our MY Year series we will be preaching over the 12 spiritual formation markers that we want our church to abide by. The fifth spiritual formation we talked about this past weekend was:
A commitment to being invested and tied to biblical community
Every believer that God has saved through faith has experienced the riches of His grace. Those who are in Christ no longer stand in the wrath of God, but instead in the blood of the Lamb who was slain. We are now able to live this life freely without being chained to our sins. This is the beautiful truth of every Christian, yet majority of Christians do not live life with this freedom. Instead of experiencing the promise of Ezekiel 36:27, “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules,” majority choose to walk in the rules of the world and obey the desires of their flesh. This problem can always be traced back to a failure to take the necessary steps in order to truly see the glory of God, which produces the fruit of obedience.
Majority of Christians desire to grow in their faith where they are showing Christ as incomparably glorious. Majority of Holy Spirit led believers have a deep desire to allow the Gospel to shape every sphere of their lives. These desires mean nothing unless the Christian is taking the necessary steps in order to flourish in their faith. God has ordained steps for His children to take in order to truly grow. One of those steps is reading and meditating over scripture. Without doing this you have no chance of truly growing closer to Christ. Praying with childlike faith is another necessity! In order to see the full glory of God, His children must come to Him in a childlike posture daily. There is no way one can imitate Christ if their prayer life is weak.
Committed to the Family of God
Another necessity that is often time overlooked is a commitment to being invested and tied to biblical community. God uses His children to make each other stronger. We are called to confess our sins, bear one another’s burdens, restore others in their faith, and pray for one another( James 5:16, Galatians 6:1-2). If we are living our faith in isolation and do not set a routine where biblical community is established, then it is impossible to do these things. These are commandments from God; therefore, we must partake in these things. Confessing our sins is mandatory, bringing our brothers and sisters back to Christ is mandatory, and bearing each others burdens is a commandment from God. Not doing these things will inevitably weaken your faith.
Loving your neighbor as yourself
Jesus tells the Pharisees that loving your neighbor as you love yourself is like the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:34-40). It is impossible to wholeheartedly do this if you are not tied to and invested in your neighbor. Without being invested in the family of God, loving them with deep sincerity will be extremely hard to do. We must be a people who are so invested in the bride of Christ where the love that we show one another is a commandment that we are delighted to fulfill! There are many commandments that scripture gives us that we cannot simply obey without being in Biblical community. This is why so many people are struggling in their faith. Without the routines of confessing sin and people investing their lives in them, they will struggle in their journey. View biblical community as a necessity, not because it is a good idea, but because Holy Scriptures shows that it is.