By Waylon Bailey
You need a church, and you need friends.
From the very beginning, God put people together to worship, serve, and follow Him.
While you find this throughout Scripture, it is particularly evident with the apostles and disciples of Christ.
It’s amazing what Paul and the other apostles accomplished in such a short time, but they did not do it alone.
God never intended for us to do His work alone. He intended us to be part of the church, members of the body who help and encourage one another. Last night after our Wednesday meeting I was blessed by a young woman who said, “I pray for you daily.“ And, she meant it. She spent just a few seconds last night praying over me and praying for God‘s blessings and protection. I reminded her, “I am sustained by the prayers of God‘s people.“
This seems to be the pattern of the New Testament. People work together. They encourage and pray for one another. When times get tough, they stand firm and stand strong.
May you and I be those people.
Waylon Bailey is pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington and a past Louisiana Baptist Convention president. This editorial first appeared in his blog, which can be accessed here.