Growing Together: How the Church Supports Our Spiritual Journey

Posted by Mike Pratt on

Hello Redemption Rock!  In John 15:4-11, Jesus tells us to abide in Him, emphasizing the importance of our connection to Him as the true vine.  He says, "Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me" (John 15:4, ESV).  Think about what this looks like.  It demonstrates our dependence on Christ for spiritual vitality and growth.  But what supports the branches as they grow and bear fruit?  The answer is the trellis—our church community, Redemption Rock here in South Chatham!

Our church acts as a trellis, providing structure and support to our spiritual lives.  Just as a physical trellis lifts and guides the branches of a vine, helping them to grow properly and bear fruit, the church guides us in our spiritual journey.  Through worship, teaching, fellowship, and service, we find the encouragement and accountability needed to stay connected to Jesus.

Imagine a vine without a trellis—its branches would probably lie on the ground, get all entangled with the stuff around them and may become unable to reach their full potential.  Similarly, without the support of our church community, Redemption Rock, our spiritual lives can become stagnant, and we might struggle to bear the fruit that glorifies God.  Redemption Rock isn't just a building or a weekly event; it's a living body of followers of Jesus who are committed to helping each other grow in Christ.

Think a moment about your connection to the church.  Are you fully engaging with the support it offers, or are you trying to grow on your own?  Remember, it's through this community that we find strength, wisdom, and encouragement to live out our faith authentically.

Questions for Reflection and Action:

  1. How can you more fully engage with your church community this week to strengthen your connection to Christ?
  2. What specific steps can you take to serve others in your church and help them grow in their faith?
  3. In what areas of your life do you need more support and accountability from your church family?
  4. How can you incorporate the teachings and fellowship from church into your daily routine to ensure you remain connected to the vine?
  5. Who in your church community can you reach out to for encouragement and prayer to help you bear more fruit in your spiritual life?

Consider these questions honestly, and let them guide you towards a deeper, more fruitful relationship with Christ and your church community.

I love being your pastor!

Pastor Mike