Do We Need One Another in the Christian Life?

Where Would We Be Without the Body of Christ?


Do we really need people in the Christian life, or can we survive in isolation? Dr. Ed Welch, counselor and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), talks about the human need for community and the difference it makes in the lives of believers.


Ed Welch has been counseling for over 30 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. He is the author of When People Are Big and God is Small, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Blame it on the Brain, Depression—A Stubborn Darkness, and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety. 



Ed said it’s possible to survive in isolation—on a deserted island or in solitary confinement—if you don’t care about your sanity. He spoke personally in this interview and said that every single day, he needs the body of Christ in his life. He learns from his Christian community, he is corrected by them, and people within it pray for him. 

What does your Christian community do for you? If you don’t have a Christian community, what do you feel you are lacking in your life?
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Ephesians 4:11-13 (ESV)

11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Ed referenced Ephesians 3 and 4 and said that God has made us His body. Each of us is a part, and we need the others to build each other up and grow. In what ways do you need other members of the body of Christ? In what ways are you weak, and you need the gifts and graces of others?
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John 17:20-23 (ESV)

20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Ed also referenced Jesus’ words in John 17. It was Christ’s desire that His Church be unified so that the world would witness it and see God’s love for the world through it. When people see your Christian community, do you think they see the good news of the gospel for the world? Why or why not?
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Ed can’t imagine life apart from community. How about you? The Lord has created us for each other and has called us to love and enjoy one another. Take some time today to give thanks for your Christian community or maybe schedule some time to spend with them. 


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