Wouldn’t you agree that Sunday’s sermon was both needed and timely? A thought-provoking message to help us build a spiritually secure wall to take refuge in.
Think about this: Nehemiah knew the strength of the wall was not in the brick and mortar, but in the people who built it. Bricks and mortar alone are nothing more than bricks and mortar. Without hands to stack the bricks and to trowel in the mortar between them, bricks are just bricks. Bricks alone are not a wall that provides security and peace of mind.
Does that not speak to the need for community? Does it not serve to make us aware of our need for one another? It’s why our Community Groups get together each week in our homes, building one another up in faith through Bible study, mutual encouragement and support.
Have you ever asked yourself why Jesus chose 12 disciples? Was it because 12 was a divine number with celestial properties? After all, it is a recurring number in scripture, especially in Revelation. But let’s leave that to those guys and gals into biblical numerology. Personally, I’d like to think of it in simpler terms, considering Ecclesiastes 4, where we find Solomon telling us this:
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
— Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 (NLT)
Let’s add to that Jesus’ words in Matthew 18, where he said:
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
— Matthew 18:20 (ESV)
It’s not rocket science. We need to huddle up in community regularly and consistently. Look at how God used community in the book of Acts and its results:
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
— Acts 2:46–47 (NIV)