Being deeply connected to one another in caring and truth telling relationships.
(Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:25; 1 John 4:7-8; Galatians 6:2)
What does it mean to enjoy the beauty and complexities of a real community? What keeps us from receiving the true benefits of relationships? In a culture of online friends and expediency, with people changing jobs, neighbourhoods and churches with ever increasing frequency, are we prepared to work hard to be connected so that we can enjoy the support of a genuine community?
It is quite interesting to ponder the numerous verses in the New Testament that talk about how we are to engage with “one another”. We are to be devoted to one another, live in harmony with one another, accept one another, agree with one another, forgive one another, have fellowship with one another, love one another, serve one another, and so on. God is calling all of us to be connected in community – a place where we are known and where we know others. A place where we are cared for and where we care for others. A place where we can hold others accountable and where we are held accountable. The question is, do we believe that this is what we are called into, that this is a better life? And if so, what are we doing to be connected in this way?
God Himself is community, as He is three in one. We refer to this as the Trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Being created in God’s image implies that we are also created to live in community as God is. Only then will we experience the wonder of real relationships.
As a church, we will continue to provide opportunities for people to connect in small groups, and these groups will take many forms. And yet, at their core, they are built on the premise that we all need others in our lives – to both care for us and challenge us. Are you experiencing the joy of community?