This is the last lesson in the Unshakeable Faith Bible study. It has been a privilege to share it with you! The devotional is below. Access the 2-page Quick Study here.
Every Christian belongs to God’s family. When God saves us, He saves us into His family. We can never experience all God has for us apart from a local body of believers. Jesus made it clear to His disciples that God designed the Christian life to be lived in the context of community.
Unshakeable Faith trait eight: Connected to a local church body with love and service
Peter spent roughly three years learning from Jesus how to live in a community of believers. This group traveled together, ate together, and did life together. But Jesus didn’t merely teach about love and service. He set the example.
Read John 15:12-13. What command did Jesus give His disciples – then and now – on the night He was arrested?
How did Jesus ultimately show His love for us?
Our friend Peter learned what love looks like from Jesus. In his first letter, Peter encouraged his readers to also love like Jesus loved.
Read 1 Peter 3:8-9 and 1 Peter 4:8-10. List all the characteristics and behaviors that describe how we Christians should love one another.
Peter used the Greek word agape to describe the kind of love Christians should have for each other. According to the The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, “agape love is capable of being commanded because it is not primarily an emotion but a decision of the will leading to action.” Agape loves deeply, unselfishly, with the other’s best interests at heart.
God loves His children through His children. He cares for us, comforts us, provides for us, and encourages us through our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Do you know of a need right now in your church family that needs your love in action? List some concrete ways you can show your love.
God’s purpose for your life includes a vital connection to a local church body. He has designed this interdependent relationship to benefit each of us. When trials hit, God will use His body to hold you up and He will use you to encourage someone else. If you are not fully connected to a local church, don’t wait any longer!
Let’s talk! Let’s share today some of the ways God has loved you through the local church.
I’d also love to hear how this study has encouraged you in your faith!