Gospel Community

As Christians we need to understand how important community is in our lives. Tim Keller says, “We will not know God, change deeply, nor win the world apart from community.” I agree with this. God has designed our lives to be part of community. Even in the beginning, the only negative thing that God declared about His creation was that it was not good for man to be alone. Now we know that marriage between a man and a woman is the immediate context, however it still shows that God is a God of community and as His image bearers He intends this for us as well. As we move throughout Scripture we see the family, tribe, nation, and in the New Testament the church. What’s amazing about the church is that it is a global representation of the people of God that takes shape in the context of local churches who represent Christ all throughout the world.

Within the church it is vitally important that there be commitment and consistency when it comes to this intentional Christian community.

The amazing thing about the church is that we are a unified group of people who are also diverse in many ways. We come from different social and ethnic backgrounds and even have different levels of conviction when it comes to understanding and applying God’s Word to our lives. Yet we are completely unified in our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the head of the church and our great High Priest who lives to intercede for us before God the Father.

A great list from Romans 12 helps us to keep fresh things that we can do to improve our community as a local church in the Kingdom of God:

Love honestly, speaking out against what is wrong. (v. 9)

Love even unattractive people, because they are your brothers and sisters. (v. 10)

Love by making others feel honored and valuable. (v. 10)

Love by being generous in practical ways with your home, money, and time. (v. 13)

Love without bitterness. Don’t “pay others back,” or hold resentment against others. (v. 14)

Love with empathy. Be willing to be emotionally involved with others. (v. 15)

Love with humility. Be willing to associate with people who differ from you. (v. 16)

We should thank God for our Christian community and pray for Christ’s love to ignite our hearts to love, share with, and serve others continually. We want to continue to grow in our love for God and for each other, which will witness to a lost world the glory of God, which He is manifesting through His people- the church.

Jesus tell His followers, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35 ESV (emphasis added)

All glory be to God alone!

 

 

Comments

  1. Kimberly Bruch says:

    Loved the article. We as children of Christ have to do as much as we possibly can to share the love of Christ with our neighbors and the people in our community. To help those who are lost and less fortunate than us is a true gift, and a blessing from our Lord and Savior. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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