Regular fellowship in a grace community (not just a Christian community) will help you to stay focused and grounded.
Hebrews 10:25 says “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing…” Getting connected into the church (grace community) and not just being an attendee will bless your life greatly. Merely attending church is not enough if you desire to reign in life and grow as a believer. Now I am not saying that we “reign in life by going to church”, but going to church (a good grace-based church like ours) should help you stay focused on the grace of God, encouraged in the truth of the Word and on the right track.
You need to allow the grace community of church to “rub off on you” because bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). The opposite is also true, that “good company influences bad character.” LifeGroup is a great place to allow the grace community to rub off on you as is getting involved in church and serving on a Sunday.
Regular fellowship (at church and LifeGroup and even over a cup of coffee) will enrich your life! God did not create you to live in isolation and do life alone. If you’re lonely, make an effort to set time aside to be at church, attend LifeGroup and get involved in serving. Be friendly to people and seek to bless them with friendship. The kind of relationships you will build in a grace community will help you keep on track!
A major point I want to hammer in here is that there is no substitute for a church which is rooted and grounded in the grace of God. Grace IS the THE message of the Gospel. You cannot attend a church which preaches a mixture of law and grace and expect not to be negatively influenced. A little bit of legalism goes a long way in infecting your life negatively. I heard about someone recently saying that “my church also preaches grace sometimes.” If a church preaches grace, sometimes, you can be sure they don’t preach grace properly.
A lot of people are then easily distracted by bigger churches, or ministries which appear to be cool or adventurous – they are attracted by hype and marketing, or even the lure of friendships. These things cannot replace good, solid Word (grace) in your life. I have seen people become discontent and seek to fellowship elsewhere or receive from other ministers and they do not realize that they are setting themselves up for disaster. It will infect you. The bottom line is that “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:6) A little bit a legalism goes a long way in infecting your life to eventually pull you off course.