by: Lynn Passet
I love the idea of community.
We once had a discussion about the word "Community" at one of our Life Group meetings at my old church. We talked about how the church itself is a community and yet the church needs to reach to other communities - and lots of them!
Every time we discussed it, we would talk about something different. It also applied to everything that we did. When we played games together, we were building community. When we ate together, we were building community. When we studied God’s Word or talked about a current topic and applied our faith to it, we were building community. When we served others in our church or neighborhood together, we were building community. When we prayed together, we were building community.
The early church, described in Acts 2, is a great example of this as well. Whatever the believers did, they did it together and built community in the process. From the big things in life to the small things, they did them together and learned about who they were and who God is at the same time.
Being part of a community is important. It gives us the opportunity to be honest and vulnerable. To build others up as we are being built up. To discover our gifts and talents as we help others do the same. To learn from others as they learn from us. And to see a larger picture of who God is in the world around us and in ourselves.
Let’s explore together what community is. Even better, let's LIVE what the word Community is! We are Community Bible Church - which means that we need to take our "community" into other communities. Just as we need to invite other communities into our own community - the church!