Several members often combine their household of faith friendships to help another in need. Paul confirms this in his writings, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it, if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it" A new Christian in a Toronto parish, who was an alcoholic, stumbled into a drinking binge. When a church friend noticed her absence, a visit and counseling followed. A third Christian paid the overdue rent. The prodigal eventually returned to her proper place in the household of faith. Combining efforts to help others often becomes a powerful witness to those outside the Christian Faith.✞
Friendships often strengthen individual faith. During the Vietnam Conflict, the Vietcong tried to break the spirit of American prisoners of war. Even under torture, it was not their patriotism or conviction that sustained them as much as friendships with other soldiers in their unit. Solitary confinement and disrupted friendships dragged down their fighting spirit more than physical hardship or torture. Members need friendships to support each another. How does your congregation support the needy in your community?
How has God led several separate Christians in order to achieve a common goal?✞