I love the word community. It is a word we often hear, but how often do we think about it with intention? How often do we purpose in our hearts to create a community for ourselves? I mean, if God reveals details about it then there must be some weight; some importance to it, right? Over the course of the next few weeks, we are going to be taking a closer look at what community looks like from a Biblical standpoint.
Community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common or a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Community is a common union.
As followers of Jesus, we are born again into a community; the bride of Christ, his church. We are a global commonality spanning time zones, genders, races, backgrounds, and generations. We are a family by the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and a unit because we are called according to the same purpose, to further his life-saving message. We are a society with a bond that can only be expressed in raw human emotion, not mere words.
I want to go a little deeper. I want to go beyond the surface. I want to talk about building a community around yourself that will sharpen you as iron sharpens iron (Prov. 27:17). I want to spark the conversation to encourage you and push you to grow (Heb. 10:24-25), that will cause you to run the race with more passion as Paul did for the churches (1 Cor 9:24). I want to get to the nitty gritty of what it looks like to surround ourselves with like-minded (equally yolked) people, pour into those around us, and let others pour into us.
This is going to be fun! I have no intention of beating around the bush, and I want you to get involved too. If there is anything, you would like me to address specifically in this series on community feel free to email me. Whether your questions are about friendships, dating, church, family, or relationships with unbelievers I want to answer them with Bible in hand.