We see in Scripture that the body of believers gathered together regularly. Paul wrote of these gatherings several times throughout First Corinthians (5:4; 11:17-34; 14:23-26).

In some of these cases, Paul is explaining how they were to punish a believer who committed horrendous sin. In other places, he is directing how the meeting should go, and in another, he explains the method of how the Lord’s supper is to be performed.

The clear teaching in these Scriptures is that believers are to gather together regularly. They are to meet and “Let all things be done for edification” (1 Cor. 14:26).

We are not meant to go it alone in the world. We are not Lone Ranger Christians. We need someone else if not many others with us. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. He was not even alone.

This is God’s design for us. We see early on in the creation narrative that God saw one thing that was not good: “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Gen. 2:18).

We are not made to go it alone. We need others. They can guide us and help us when we falter. They will help keep us in check from acting in a manner that is not glorifying to God. To state this in simple terms, when we are alone we can very easily do something that is sinful and against God. We can become set in a way that sees what we do a slight and good when it is sin. This type of living is not right nor healthy.

So today I encourage you to remain in fellowship with other believers. If you are not in fellowship, find a place with believers, and spend time with them. Not just in church but outside the church. Do life together and see how much you grow. Get among other believers, even those that see things differently, and see how much you grow spiritually. But the main thing is, get into fellowship with other believers and don’t try to go it alone.

This is how we are to be. If this were not so, Scripture would not tell us; “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him–a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccl. 4:12). So, if you are not already in a fellowship or have fellowship today, do so and see how much easier you withstand the evil world.