We all need a little encouragement paired with God’s truth. This is exactly what the apostle Paul gave to new believers.
Acts 20:1-2 tells us that Paul traveled from church to church speaking words of encouragement to the followers of Christ. Yet we know that He also admonished, corrected, and guided these new believers to help them stand firm in their faith.
Regular time in the Bible and gathering in community can provide us with encouragement while also pointing us to God’s truth and character. Our pastor, our small group, and God-loving friends can point us to Him when we feel overwhelmed, when we are grieved, or when we need guidance.
My small group has been instrumental in helping me on this journey of faith. I value our time in God’s word, their prayer and counsel, and the ability to enjoy life with others who are seeking after Jesus. As the apostle Paul taught, we can “encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Cor. 13:11b). One of the greatest blessings God can give to us is a community of believers who care about our walk with Him.
If you are not connected to a community where you are invited to study God’s word, share your struggles and praises, and walk through this journey with others, I encourage you to seek out this type of community. Rooted Moms offers these groups and would love to help you get connected. Groups like these allow us to be encouraged as well as to encourage others, to have support as we study God’s word, and to share our struggles and experiences with others. We all need encouragement set alongside truth, and we can find that by seeking truth alongside others.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
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