Working Together in Faith
Collaboration and the principle of leverage is a very basic and easily understood principle of success. There is much more that can be accomplished with more people working together. This is easy to understand when we apply this to sports. A sports team with only one or two people will never stand a chance to succeed against a full team of players. Baseball, football, soccer, hockey, basketball – a group of players will run circles around a team of one. So how can we apply this to our faith?
Scripture: “We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.” – 3 John 8
As fellow believers, the Word says that we should work together for the truth. How can we do this? Well first and foremost we can work together to understand and share the Word of God. I do a Bible study daily, on my own, and write this journal. And I would not trade this time for anything. Time alone with God is so critical as we can see in how Jesus lived his life. He always made sure to spend time alone with God.
But Jesus did much more than that. When he was not spending time alone with God, he was spending time with others sharing in the knowledge and revelation that he received. And as Christians, we should do the same. As believers, we can have time of fellowship together sharing the work that God is doing in our lives. The relationships that we build in the faith are such an important part of our lives. We all need others who can help and support us in times of trial.
Another way that we can work together is through studying the Word together. One of the reason that I started this blog was to get the word off of the pages of the paper notebook that was sitting on my shelf and into a format that can be shared, discussed, and leveraged. I am just one of many who follow this same Bible reading plan. And because everyone has read the same scripture throughout the week, we can come together to discuss and learn together. If there is a certain scripture that really impacts us, we can call each other and share how that hit us. If we have questions, we can ask each other questions to see if we can learn from each other. A group of believers reading the same scripture and working together to understand and share the Word of God is an amazing way to advance in our faith and our relationship with God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This daily reading plan is just one way that we can work together to study scripture. I understand it is a very tall order for many to commit to. But if you are ever interested, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll send you the Bible reading plan and you can join our discussions and fellowship.
Another way we can work together is to start or join a local Bible study at our church, in our home, or at our workplace. There are tons of Bible studies going on all over the place, and are actually pretty easy to find. The easiest way is to ask at a local church, they are certain to have one or many Bible study groups. Pick a cadence that works for you, whether it be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. If you are not part of a Bible study yet, I would strongly encourage you to do so. It is such an amazing way to connect with others, connect with God, grow in faith, and improve your life!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word this morning. Let your Word speak to each of us and provide for us exactly what we need today. We seek you first Lord each and every day. Help us to draw near to others, and work together to understand and share your Word. Help us as believers, and as churches work together as we know that there is strength in unity. And we know that we have the ultimate power and authority in You Lord. We know that there is power in the name of Jesus, and we ask that you fill us with your Holy Spirit now. We give you all the honor and glory, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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