Scripture to Read: 2 Corinthians 6
When we consider who we’re “bound to,” we must ask ourselves: “Who is in my inner circle of friendships and the community I’m involved in?” We know God designed us for community and that through community we are to make disciples of Christ. But even in our community, we must be sure that there are strong believers in that community so that we are not swayed by false teaching. Having non-believers in community with us is good because we want them to come to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, place their faith in Christ, and follow Him. But, in our community, the number of strong believers must outnumber the new believers and lost souls who are also part of our community. God makes a statement and then asks us in 2 Corinthians 6:14, Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? To be “bound together” means to “make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with our faith.” So, we must never allow a non-believer or a new believer to derail or distract our community group with false teaching. Having strong believers in our community helps protect each disciple of Christ within our community as we grow together in our faith in Christ. Having community with strong believers leading our community also keeps us focused on biblical truth so that we are not swayed by the culture or popular opinion. So, as God’s temple, continue to be bound together with strong believers as you grow together in Christ.
Challenge & Application
· What are you doing to stay “bound together” with strong believers in your community group?
· How do you see God using your community group to disciple the new believers and the lost in your group?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!