I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

— Philippians 4:2-3

We live in a really cool time. We can podcast the best preachers in the world. Solid, gospel-centered Bible studies have never been more accessible. But, what if I told you that your Matt Chandler podcast and your Kay Arthur Bible study might be doing more harm than good?

Jesus has saved us from hell. He’s forgiven our sins and made peace between us and the Father. And, Jesus has saved us for his mission. We don’t have to wonder what we are to do now that we are Christians. We are to make disciples who make disciples. Lastly, Jesus has saved us to the church. He has made us family.

The Importance of Community

In Philippians, Paul encourages a “true companion” to help Euodia and Syntyche to agree in the Lord. While podcasts and solo-mission Bible studies help us understand the gospel, gospel application is best found in the context of community, as a part of the family.

In other words, if you’re listening to sermons, but you don’t open up your life to friends who love Jesus and love you, you may as well be watching YouTube videos on how to build a space ship. You’re learning a ton of information but have no means of applying it. Confession, forgiveness, repentance, reconciliation, generosity—it all happens best in context of gospel community.

Blind Spots

The truth is we all have blind spots. Blind spots aren’t the areas of your life that you know need to change. They are the areas in your life that you have no idea need to change. That’s what community groups, missional communities, and Sunday school groups are for.

Podcast those sermons. Dig into those Bible studies. They are great resources. But pick a church and get into a community group. Look to your left. Look to your right. These are your true companions.

Jason Vance

Jason Vance

Jason Vance is the pastor of Valley Life | Surprise, planted in 2014. He was the Director of Missions for Mullins Baptist Association from 2010-2014.