Fellowship of Believers
When I was in high school, I had only one friend who was a follower of Christ. That friend lived 2½ hours away, and I only saw her about once a month. It should be no surprise, then, that my spiritual life throughout high school was almost non-existent.
Fast forward to my freshman year of college at Harding University. For the very first time in my life, I was surrounded by and living with people who knew Jesus and were making an effort to love and follow Him. This change of scenery radically changed my life. I began reading my Bible—not just to memorize a verse or two, but actually reading it. I started praying—not just before meals, but actually coming before the throne of the God who created everything, spilling my guts and rejoicing in His holiness. I began confessing my sins—repenting from all of those years of lukewarm living and comparing my sins to those of my unbelieving friends rather than Jesus. I began making disciples—as these women who were further along in the faith poured into me, I realized I had a life full of friends and family back home who needed the life-changing power of Jesus that I had just discovered.
I believe this is the power God intended for His Church. God did not design us to do life alone, without the fellowship of believers, but He used the Body of Christ to spur me on to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. Since my time at Harding, my husband and I have moved many times, and it is our ambition to find this kind of fellowship wherever we are. And here in Texas, it is my joy to say we have found it at Belton Church of Christ within our small group.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
- Whitney Striclyn
Take a few minutes—without distractions—to reflect on this story. Finish your reflection time in prayer. Pray especially for our small groups here at BCC, and if you’re not in one currently, consider joining one soon.