This is the free student devotional for Connected, Session 1: Connected in Christ.
Look over this week’s devotions and ponder what you’ve learned about God and His triune nature. Thank Him for a being a God who is greater than you could ever imagine.
You can’t have community by yourself. The word implies interaction and fellowship. As believers who recognize that in His triune nature God Himself embodies community and acknowledge that we are made in His image, we must live in community with one another. Read Hebrews 10:19-25 in your Bible.
And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good words, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. —Hebrews 10:24-25
Carefully study verses 24-25. What examples of community among believers do you see there? Explain.
As a Christian, why is it important that you regularly meet with and spend time with a group of devoted Christ-followers? How does having fellowship with other Christians encourage and challenge you to live for Christ?
Who in your church has been an encourager to you, helped you to grow in your faith, or spurred you on to do what is right? Who are you encouraging?
As a Christian, you were never called to go it alone. God exists in community, and He has called us to community.
Behind the Story
While its unclear who wrote Hebrews, it is clear that the original audience was likely Jewish Christians who were facing persecution for their faith in Christ. They may have avoided meeting together in order to escape some of that persecution. Withdrawing from the body of Christ doesn’t make us stronger, but rather weaker. We need other Christians to encourage and challenge us in the faith, hold us accountable, and remind us of God’s truth.
Who in your life needs encouragement today? Seek out three fellow believers whom you can build up and encourage in Christ today. Jot down their names.
Evaluate your life. How dedicated are you to meeting with other believers? Are worship or small group meetings a priority for you or what you do when nothing better comes along? Pray about this attitude.
What are some ways you could help to build deeper community within your youth group or church? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. What action steps will you take to put these ideas into action?
How well have you memorized Matthew 28:19-20? Try reciting it entirely from memory.