Series: The Cumulative Effect | Week 4: Intentional Community
Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.Review1. What contrasts are laid out in this passage?2. What are the benefits of two people versus one?3. What specifically does verse 11 reference?ReflectAs we go through life, we all have needs. Some seasons will be colder and darker than others, and our needs will be greater during those times. Ecclesiastes 4:11 points to the value of companionship and presence, specifically when things seem cold and dark. Providing comfort is a key part of intentional community.Not only is community an opportunity to receive comfort, it’s also an opportunity to bring comfort to others. This means paying attention to what others are going through. It means stepping out of our comfort zone and sacrificing something (time and/or money). Sometimes it means a willingness to simply be present, knowing that silent presence can mean more than anything else.How can you bring comfort to someone by sharing their burdens (Galatians 6:3)? How can you tell them through your actions that they have inherent worth and value? Who could you serve selflessly this week, stepping away from your own comforts to bring a bit of comfort to someone else? This is our call as followers of Jesus and as intentional builders of community.RespondWhat small daily choices can you make to bring comfort to someone this week? Write down at least two practical things you can do today, and follow through on one of them.
The Cumulative Effect