Scripture to Read: Philippians 2:9–16
On our Highview website, in the “Resources” section, there are several great helps for growing as believers. One section talks about biblical relationships, and the information ties well to having biblical community. Being in community requires building relationships with others. It’s not about sitting in a chair and simply observing, but it’s about investing life to life. Jesus chose to reach the world by investing deeply in a few young men. Jesus constantly built into these men and invested deeply by sharing truth and having life experiences with them. For us to do what Jesus did in reaching the world with the gospel, we must work at being relational. Building friendships takes a lot of hard work because life to life investment takes time and energy. We must see those in our community group as God sees them and think of their needs over our own. God shares how we are to treat others in Philippians 2:3–5, Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. This takes self-sacrifice and a willingness to serve others even when it’s inconvenient. The good news is that we are on a journey with our Lord, and we’re called by Him to make disciples as He did. Being in community allows us to serve together, grow together, and see lives transformed by our Lord.
Challenge & Application
· What did you learn about your role today in your community group?
· How are you currently serving within your community group and helping others grow in Christ?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!