In Acts chapter 4 we have a wonderful illustration of the importance of community; the importance of having a church and a ministerial organization that we call home. In this story, Peter and John were arrested and questioned concerning their ministry. Just think about this situation for a moment. Not only were Peter and John subjected to intense pressure from the religious council, they were pressured to change their message and to compromise their calling. Because of their arrest they more than likely experienced some public humiliation and embarrassment.
Acts 4:23 says – And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
All too often when people and ministers find themselves in a difficult situation they isolate themselves instead of seeking help and encouragement. When we isolate ourselves we tend to insulate ourselves from wise counsel, from encouragement and spiritual support. Peter and John understood the importance of having a group of people who believed the same way they believed, who prayed the same way they prayed, and who believed in and supported their work for the Lord.
I believe it is extremely important for every person to be connected to a local church and if called to the ministry to be connected to a ministerial organization. It is important to have individuals who can speak into our lives and who can offer encouragement and support when we face challenging situations.
Remember, during a time of transition; stay connected to your own company. Instead of isolating yourself, make it a point to become more committed to your local church and to your ministerial organization. Keep the lines of communication open at all times, especially when you find yourself in the middle of a difficult situation.