PI readers, fellowship is so important in growing closer to the Lord. We need to have each other to encourage, build up and grow. In John 15, the Bible talks about how the Lord is the vine and we are the branches. If a plant or flower is connected to the vine, it will grow. If it is severed or unattached from the vine, it will die and wither away.
This is how we are in our spiritual walk. If we are isolated, not involved and not around Godly people, eventually our spiritual walk will weaken and could possibly wither away. We don’t want that–if we are connected, we will grow and bear much fruit! That is awesome.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17).
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).
If you are a teen, it is great to get involved in a youth group or mini Bible study group. Typically, churches will have a middle school group, a high school group and college group.
Also, there are women’s Bible studies too! Recently, Nicole and I went to one called “Models for Christ.” It is a place where people in the fashion industry are able to gather and grow in Christ. It is so encouraging to meet people who are like-minded and who desire to worship, read God’s word and want to flourish together.
It is important to be around people who are walking the same walk as you. Yes, you can be a light and show love to non-believers or people who are not as mature in their faith, but remember, you also need those who can keep you accountable.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14).
It’s well known that you eventually become similar to those you are around. If you are around partiers, well, you most likely are going to go to parties with them. If you are around people who are interested in the things of God, you most likely will go on that journey with them!
There is a reason they say, “Bad company corrupts good character” and “What you chase after, you become.” So use wisdom when selecting your friends and be encouraged to know that there are Bible studies out there for you!
If you belong to a church, you should ask the pastors or your parents (if you are not already involved) to find out more about the youth programs and activities they do. I remember our youth pastors always had fun events. We would do game nights, pizza nights, go karting, roller skating and more!
Who said being a Christian isn’t fun?! It is so much fun not only to go on adventures with your friends, but most importantly, to go on adventures with God!
Do you belong to a Bible study group?