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Accountability in Community
• READ: PROVERBS 12:15; HEBREWS 10:24-25; JAMES 5:16
All of us were created for community. God has wired humans to live in godly relationship with one another (Genesis 2:18; Matthew 22:37-40). As believers, having a reliable group of people around us as we grow is very important for our spiritual journeys.
When Christ followers come together to grow in God’s Word, encourage one another in their walks with God, and pray for each other as they resist the devil’s temptations and seek to live like Jesus, they provide spiritual accountability to each other.
That’s one reason regularly worshiping with a body of believers at church is so important. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” In Christ, we are a family: we need each other when we worship together, and we need each other the rest of the week as we seek to reject sin and honor Jesus.
Accountability in community isn’t about following a set of rules or telling people to suddenly become sinless—it is about loving our brothers and sisters in Christ and encouraging each other toward God’s truth. It is about worshiping Jesus together.
True community will involve inviting accountability. It’s not always easy, because it requires vulnerability and humility, but being transparent with our siblings in Christ strengthens the body of Christ and helps us grow in our understanding of Jesus and His good news.
So—what’s the next community step in your life? It might be finding a church family. If you already have a church family, it might mean asking a sibling in Christ to pray for a struggle you are having, or connecting with a Christian adult in your life who will help guide you by keeping you accountable regarding a certain sin, or diving into Scripture with a couple of close friends. However the Lord leads you into community with other Christians, know He will finish the work He started in you—to make you into the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-30; Philippians 1:6). • Chelsea Leigh
• Do you have accountability with other Christians in your life right now? If not, take some time to pray about who God might be leading you to.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
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Set Free: The Book of Galatians
• READ: GALATIANS 4:4-10
Galatians is a letter written by Paul to the churches in Galatia, which was in present-day Turkey. These churches had both Jewish and Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians. Paul, an apostle—someone sent out by Jesus Christ Himself—was a messenger to the Gentiles. When Paul found out some Jewish Christians were forcing the Gentile Christians to follow the law of Moses, particularly male circumcision, he wrote this letter.
In the letter, he first proves that (1) he was chosen by God to preach and that (2) there is only one gospel message. Second, he emphasizes salvation is through faith in Jesus alone, not things we do, such as circumcision. Lastly, Paul mentions the freedom found in Jesus Christ and the call for Christians to live out their freedom by showing the love Jesus has shown them.
Many Jews continued to follow the law of Moses even after they became Christians. However, they thought the Gentile Christians should follow the law in addition to their faith in Jesus. Paul warns the Galatians that whoever preaches this new message should be cursed. A person can only be saved through faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. Paul reminds his readers that even Abraham, the father of God’s people, became righteous because of his faith in God.
But Paul suspects his readers will have a question: If the law doesn’t save, why did God give it? Paul explains that the law was given to reveal sin so that we would realize we were guilty and in need of a Savior. The good news is, those who trust in Jesus have been set free from sin.
The book of Galatians reminds us of an important truth: only one work is worth anything as far as salvation—the cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ death paid for sin and saves anyone—Jew or Gentile—who believes in Him. • Renae Aberdeen
• What do you do when you encounter a new teaching? Where can we turn to find out what is true (2 Timothy 3:12-17)?
• Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Why is it so important that nothing we do can save us from sin and death?
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 (NIV)