We are better together. We is better than me. "We > Me."
We’ve all heard the clichés. But you know what? It’s true! How about 1+1=3 because it’s synergy? God designed mankind with a deep longing and a need for others and we see this in Genesis 2:18: The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”
After six days of “...and God said that it was good...” this is the first time we hear that something isn't good. It’s not good for anyone to be alone. Then God created Eve and made Adam even better. Let me ask you married folks this: Are any of you better people because of marriage, because you are not alone? Yeah, me too! I’m not saying you have to be married to be complete, but we are better together.
God created the individual, then the couple, then the family, and placed them in community.
Author and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together, said this about the importance of community:
“Let him who is not in community beware of being alone. Into the community you were called, the call was not meant for you alone; in the community of the called you bear your cross, you struggle, you pray.”
The New Testament writers knew nothing of a Christian who wasn’t connected in community. It’s an oxymoron, because Jesus said this about the high call of discipleship:
“Whoever wants to be my disciple, he must deny themselves and take up their cross, and follow me.”
That’s the problem! THIS is what a disciple is, and I don’t like it! I’m not a self-denier, and I can assure you that I’m no “cross-taker-upper.” No way. This is why we need other believers in our lives -- to encourage and challenge us to be a true disciple. We > Me, right?
Small Groups at New Covenant create an environment for folks to be known (not alone), encouraged (not discouraged), and challenged (not complacent) -- and those are things each one of us can use accountability for. If you aren't yet plugged into a Small Group, please email me, or visit our small group finder tool online.