In Romans 1:8, Paul expressed his gratitude to God that the Roman church was renowned for their faith. Now we are not told exactly what manner of works (of faith) they were renowned for but we can accurately infer that obedience (Rom. 16:19) and works for which Jesus was renowned for such as diverse kinds of healings, miracles (Mk. 16:17,18; John 14:12) supernatural gifts... in short, exploits of faith must have been the norm.
He stated he was grateful for this because he had always wanted to come see them so that he could share the gospel with them and thereby strengthen them in the faith (vv. 11-15) . In other words, he was letting us know that through the preaching of the gospel we become established, strengthened in the faith. And the interesting thing about this is that we don't have to wait for a pastor, Prophet or minister to preach the word to us, it's something we can do amongst ourselves. As a matter of fact, Paul had never been to the church in Rome when he wrote this.
This in turn teaches us that church (and her growth in all areas), at least the way God intended for it to be, should not be just a Sunday morning (or evening) experience coupled with some midweek services. Her design has always been that she draw strength in community. See Acts 2:46,47.
We each have a part to play in strengthening ourselves and others. And I’m not just talking about serving in a unit or department in church. I’m talking about individual members gathering together and sharing lessons from the word amongst themselves, raising songs in worship and giving thanks to the Father.
And whether it’s something as semi-formal as your house fellowship meeting or as casual as a group of friends gathered to simply share the word amongst themselves or hosting a Friday night worship session in your home there are countless ways we can draw on the strength of community to grow. In doing this, it won’t be long before we find ourselves effortlessly and naturally experiencing Eph. 2:20,21; 4:15-16; 5:18-20; Col. 3:16; 1Pt. 2:5; Heb. 12:12,13.