The Group Word for the 12 Apostles is the same Word that Jesus intends for us to have as a church, one body of believers. These were Jesus’ final words before he went back to his Heavenly Kingdom. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Jesus left this Word not just for the disciples he left behind. It is the mission of the church up to today. No matter what strategy is used throughout the years that Christianity is being shared, the purpose is still the same. Believers are called to share the Gospel and to point people to Jesus. Believers are called to help others how they can be Disciples of Christ. Discipleship is done within a group, within a body of believers. No one can ever really be a Christian by themselves. There are no lone Christians. The Bible says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
In another verse, the Bible says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). The Group Word glues together the members of the group as one. Believers may come from different parts of the world, they may have different socio-economic backgrounds, they may have different interests and hobbies, but the Word of God unites them.
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Have you ever felt like you intended to be a lone Christian and that you did not intend to belong to the church body? Why did you feel like this?