Written by Caleb Barrows, planter at Neighborhood Church in Adrian, MI

Any Christian is kidding themselves if they don’t experience bouts of “what-the-heck-is-this-Jesus-thing”. Even a quick glimpse at the Psalms (the emotional boxing ring in Scripture) shows the Psalmist questioning God almost as much as he praises him.

This can make for a pretty rough road, especially if you subscribe to just-me-and-Jesus-holdin’-down-the-fort-Christianity. There has been a notable shift in our culture for a fondness of words like “community”, “collective” and “together”, but unfortunately our default spiritual setting still usually reads “Lone Ranger”. But when the spiritual roller coaster kicks back down the hill it can be difficult to keep in sight the awe of Jesus that was so clear a few days earlier.

This is why Paul says in Philippians 2:1-2, “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”


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