The disciples were shaped within the community Jesus formed for three years, then in support of each other as the early church formed. Spiritual growth comes from surrounding yourself with the kind of people you hope you are and are becoming. “Where two or more gather together in my name, there I am among them” (Matthew 18:20) is the place to experience growth in Christ. Spiritual growth can benefit from times of solitude but needs the Christian community to thrive and sustain.
Dr. John M. Stephenson
Proverbs 13:20 and 27:17