Article link: Resolve Yourself to the Local Church: How Community Spurs Spiritual Growth, by Sam Emadi (from DesiringGod.org)
“For many Christians, the new year represents another opportunity to carry out well-intentioned resolutions. Whether reading through the Bible in a year, memorizing Scripture, or devoting time to prayer, January often brings fresh energy and resolve. For the vast majority of us, it also reminds us of past failures to follow through.
“Perhaps we have approached these good, godly resolutions in the wrong way. What if we could keep up our resolutions for more consistent Bible intake and more regular prayer while drawing in our brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same? Perhaps what’s missing in many of our resolutions is the local church.
“Consider with me how our resolutions to read the Bible and pray, for instance, might be transformed if we resolved first to more meaningfully commit and engage with our local church.”