Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Biblical community


About 9 years ago I read an article that sparked some incredible things in my mind.  It was about spiritual community or choosing to live life among like-minded people who are pursing God.

Some people had a hard time understanding the concepts of that article.  It sounded like a cult or some kind of David Koresh community.  But that could not be further from the truth.  It really is people who are choosing to love God and to share life with others.  It is a strong community where people care for one another.

It could be a place where lots of people live, but most often this is a group of people who live in lots of different places but have chosen to share their spiritual lives, to serve each other and to seek God together.

I share this with you because an article I read this week brought us some of the same type of thoughts.  Honestly, I long for true community.  Our church was founded on the principle of shared life and shared ministry.  It is about serving together and making a difference in the world around us.

What I read was THIS ARTICLE that shared great stuff about Biblical community, and I will share some of that with you today:

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14).

“We realized our strength was in relationships, and not necessarily in programs,” Matt says. “But we also realized some programs were really necessary for our community. It’s hard to sit in somebody’s house and share the Gospel when their lights are cut off and there’s no food in the fridge. The Gospel is true, and it’s the way to the Kingdom, but you can’t skip over those felt needs.” …

“Ministry with a heart for justice and societal transformation is at the core of the Gospel,” Matt says. “How many of the biblical promises we love are pulled from those amazing chapters in the last third of Isaiah? But what you find alongside those promises is God’s overwhelming desire for a just Kingdom…

(This article is found in this month’s DISCIPLE! Monthly from the Navigators and can be found at THIS LINK)

The strength of the local church and of believers is our connection to God.  That connection is best seen when we chose to serve those in need.  We can meet the needs of those closest to us we are doing what Jesus called us to do.  As well, when we meet the needs of people we don’t know or people who can do nothing for us in return, we are doing what Jesus called us to do.

That is the expression of living in Biblical community.  It thrills me when I see or hear of a Christian choosing to live for Jesus and love people.  By leaving selfishness and self centeredness behind and setting our lives on God we help others meet our incredible God who continues to change lives… ours and those around us.

Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.

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