22nd February 2015
‘Since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.’ Romans 12:5b (NLT)
God hates loneliness. That does not mean everyone should be married! It does mean everyone needs a spiritual family, and that’s why God created the church. When God saves you and adopts you into His family, He intertwines your life with the lives of other believers. You’re not just a believer; you’re a ‘belonger’. ‘Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it’ (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT).
You must be connected to a church to survive spiritually. More than that, you need to be in a small group of people where you can love and be loved, serve and be served, share what you are learning and learn from others. You can’t do that with a crowd.
Question to consider
What might be keeping you from making a deeper commitment to church or the group you attend?
Lord, we pray for those who feel lonely in our church – give them courage to step towards others and give us sensitivity to generously welcome them.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.