This message is part of a preaching series called “Anchored”, which explores how we have a hope in Jesus that acts as a firm anchor to our soul. In this preach, Jock James explores how being in community can keep us connected to that anchor.
In his introduction, he says that even though our anchor is firm and secure, if we choose not to have anything attached to that anchor, there is nothing stopping us to from drifting away or being swept around in hard times. A strong attachment in community can help us stay connected to God’s truth, even if life moves us to different places and seasons.
Since we all have different personalities and gifts, we can add to each other’s lives. Jock uses the example that the biggest athletes always have a team of people around them, so they can succeed. As such, relationship with other believers is very important so we can be encouraged and helped by people that have the same anchor as us – Jesus Christ.
In Acts, we see that the primitive Church grew because the believers not only met in the temples (big gatherings), but also in each other’s house (smaller and more intimate gatherings) where they broke bread together. Jock explains that even today, it is sometimes hard to have big and meaningful conversations every Sunday at church with other believers. That sense of community can be built when we spend time together outside of church, being at each other’s house or at any other place together.
However, another truth is that the Devil hates community. We have to be aware that when we give in to isolation, we become more vulnerable to his attacks, like a deer that becomes an easier prey for a lion if it gets too far from its herd. We will still be attacked, but community protects us and helps us deal with these attacks.
In the conclusion of his preach, Jock regards that there may be times when we feel alone even in the Church, perhaps because the people we are connected to may not be present. New seasons may come, but we have to just press in and try to connect again, being in a new life group, or even a new serving area. God may be calling you to put yourself forward in a new and exciting way.