Togetherness is part of God’s plan for His people. When we get together as a church community, we are in God’s will. Not gathering as a family of believers is spiritually dangerous. Ephesians 4 tells us that we are to let no corrupt word proceed out of our mouths, but only what is good for edification. We edify each other and have opportunities to be more Christ-like when we gather together.
There are many passages that describe the benefits of coming together as a church. These benefits bolster our faith and glorify God. Getting involved and serving each other creates a backdrop for God to move in mighty ways.
Jesus could have accomplished everything He was sent to do without enlisting help from others. But He chose 12 men and gave them power and authority to do the Father’s will. He gathered them to Himself and used them to proclaim the Gospel.
He taught, trained, preached to, and prayed for these men—and He did this in the context of community.
Being together as a church community protects and provides for the Body of Christ. It empowers, equips, and grows us. Without being together, we are open to attacks of loneliness, doubt, and unbelief.
Being Together as a Church Community | A Picture from the Early Church
The first followers of Jesus worshiped, studied, ate, and prayed together. The early church grew, and lives were transformed. God’s power was released, and the Lord “added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Being together as a church community not only pours blessings upon those who are there, but the gathering is also a natural witness of God’s goodness to the world. The togetherness of the church is living proof of a loving God to a watching world.
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”—Acts 2:42-47 (emphasis added)
7 Benefits of Being Together as a Church Community
- “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”—Proverbs 15:22
When we are together as a church and have a teachable heart, God will use others to speak wise words to us. No one person, including ourselves, has all the answers. Others bring to light things that we might not see. They bring fresh perspectives and come alongside us, advising and guiding in a way that brings us closer to God and gives Him glory.
Knowledge of God’s Word
- “… who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”—2 Corinthians 1:4
When we study God’s Word together as a church, we share different viewpoints and grow in our knowledge of God. It fosters community and reveals ways we can love generously and serve each other as a family.
- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”—Colossians 3:16
Worshiping together as a church is one of the most powerful things we can do as the Body of Christ. Worshiping rekindles and revives the spiritual fire within us. It is an experience of the heart that brings us closer to God and magnifies His name. Personal worship is critical, but something happens in corporate worship that simply cannot be experienced or explained when worshiping privately.
- “He is like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.”—Psalm 1:3
We all go through seasons of spiritual drought. During these seasons, we feel dry, like our souls need to be dusted off and refreshed by the presence of God. The world pulls our attention left and right. The things that compete for our attention often leave us spiritually dry. Coming together as a church community to worship, study God’s Word, and enjoy fellowship revives and refreshes the soul.
Comfort and Encouragement
- “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”—1 Thessalonians 5:11
We find encouragement when we are together as a church family. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says that two are better than one, for when one falls, the others will help lift him up. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. Coming together releases spiritual encouragement and creates space for comfort and edification to happen in the Body of Christ.
- “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”—Matthew 18:20
Praying together as a church was part of daily life with the first disciples. In today’s world of busyness, pausing to come together in prayer seems to be one more thing to fit into our schedules. But coming together in prayer is part of our spiritual journey and of doing life together. Praying together unites and strengthens the family of God. It facilities repentance. When we gather together as a church in Jesus’ name, He is there.
- “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”—Philippians 4:8-9
Being together in a church community sharpens our minds. The Bible says iron sharpens iron. When we are around others in the family of God, we can hold each other accountable and encourage each other to meditate on the things of God, and peace will be with us.
Gathering together as a church community is important and vital for the spiritual growth of individuals and the fulfillment of God’s mission to spread the Gospel.