“I don’t need anybody else, just me and Jesus.” It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard. Maybe you’ve even said it. It sounds super spiritual, but is it true? Can you really grow into the follower of Jesus you should be all by yourself? If you take a look at the way Jesus lived His life and the way the people closest to Him lived theirs, the answer seems to be no. Jesus spent His life surrounded by people. Yes, He spent time alone, but He also spent time in the synagogue, with crowds, with the 12 disciples, with His 3 best friends, and even one on one time with Peter. If you model your spiritual life after Jesus’, you won’t do it alone.

Your spiritual growth is a lot like your physical growth. It takes time, and it takes people helping you along the way. We know this is true of people who are new to the faith, but even as more mature followers of Jesus, we need someone to encourage or push us from time to time.

Around here we say it this way: We’re in this together. You might even hear us say, “You weren’t meant to do life…or faith…alone.” This idea isn’t new to us, it’s something that has been around since the very beginning of the church. The church was meant to be a family. The church isn’t something you come to, it’s something you belong to.

My family moved here a little over three years ago. We didn’t really know anybody, and our biological families are over three hours away. I know that doesn’t sound far, but at times it can be rough, especially when you have young kids. But this is more than a church to me. It’s a family. It’s a family that has embraced us and shown us the love of Jesus. When I tell you that we love you, we’re praying for you, and we’re in this together, I can say it with confidence. Why? Because I’ve experienced it first hand.

Who helps you in your walk with Jesus? Leave their names and thank them in the comments below.

Always remember, we love you, we’re praying for you, and we’re in this together.

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