If there is one thing I have learned in my life and ministry it’s that we as people are better together. Most of us have been raised in this country and mirror the values of independence and making it on your own. We have probably been raised by parents who passed along these ideals to you. I was very much raised to take responsibility for my actions, take care of myself, learn how to do things on my own and not be dependent on others – all good things. However, there is a danger of taking this notion too far in terms of how we live in this world and relate to others. In the Bible, it seems pretty clear that we are better when we are working toward a common goal in tandem with others.
Solomon talked about this in Ecclesiastes when he said,
9Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
I like that truth that “two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor”. The obvious point is that we can accomplish MORE together. Then there is the added benefit that if anything happens to us we are not left to suffer alone, but we have another person who can help us out. Even more important than that is God made us to live in community with other people. He, as a triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), is the supreme example of this idea. He did not intend for us to “do life” in isolation.
A couple of ways we at Cornerstone can help you do this is through Small Groups and Serving. These are your next steps out of the Sunday morning experience. In each of these environments you will find others who are committed to doing life with others, building relationships, serving Jesus and working toward a common goal. I strongly encourage you (if you have not already) to check out Cornerstone’s Small Groups here and places to Serve here. These are two great ways to find a real sense of connection with others at Cornerstone, no matter which site you attend. If you are a Hamilton Road attender, you can also stop at the tents in the parking lot on your way out this Sunday morning, September 14, to talk with staff and leaders about opportunities to connect. They would love to help you find your place.
As a church we definitely have a better return when ALL of us work in tandem to lead people to know and serve Jesus. We want everybody who calls Cornerstone their church home to be plugged in and invested. There is always a greater sense of momentum when this is happening. I think it’s because in the body of Christ, we truly are better together.