In Hebrews 10, the author describes for us the new access we have to the Father through Jesus and calls us to hold fast to our hope.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." –Hebrews 10:24-25
Our call to persevere is married to the call to meet together. These relationships are marked by consideration, spurring, and encouraging. The word consider implies awareness, a knowledge about a person and their story. There is a thoughtfulness implied that can only come when we know someone at a deeper level. Spurring is a strong action word; it’s aggressive in nature. There is a pushing and prodding that comes with our knowledge of one another. The spurring comes alongside encouragement. It exists within the safety of love and concern for the good of a friend.
Community groups are a space to be formed by gospel by inviting intrusion. Groups help us reject an individualistic spirit and remember that we need each other in order to persevere and grow in our faith.