12 July 2006 ~ 2 Comments

Community

Everyday as I learn more about who God is and my understanding of worship changes and grows, that word "community" becomes more and more important.  I am recognizing more and more that we are created and built to live in community with each other.  We are created and built to worship God in the context of community, not as lone rangers.  Here’s a few thoughts that have really blown my mind lately:

  • God said "Let us make mankind in our image."  I used to think that was proof for the trinity, but not anymore.  There’s already evidence for that in the first few verses of Genesis.  Because God is the trinity, a fellowship, he created us to be the same way.
  • Because God created us to be a fellowship, and that is His image, I cannot be the image of God without the people around me.  I really need other people and relationships to fully be the image of God.
  • Acts 2:42-47.  Acts 2:42 is like a part of our mantra here at Revolution.  It’s in our site name.  We have 242ministries as a non-profit and 242resources for podcasts and vodcasts.  These verses convey a radical sense of community.  I learned recently of a writer whose thesis was that this sense of community – way beyond evangelism as we know it today – is what was the cause for the rapid growth of the first century church.  (Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity)

That’s where the church becomes so important.  As long as there are people in the church, there will be sin, so we will never get it fully right.  But we need to be there together, cheering each other on in the journey.  We need to be caring for each other and about one another.  It may sound odd in this conversation, but that’s one of the things I love about this blog world we live in, believe it or not.  Should it replace relationship and personal touch…no way.  But it’s an amazing tool to help in creating community and staying connected.  I know more of what’s happening in my immediate community and have been able to form community with people I never would have connected with otherwise.

Anyway, that’s what’s in my head right now.  That’s one of the things God is teaching me right now.  I need to work more and more at building relationships and living in community and walking daily with the people around me.  That’s how he’s changing my life.  How about you?  How is he changing yours?

2 Responses to “Community”

  1. Me, Who Else? 12 July 2006 at 10:23 pm Permalink

    well said

  2. Kevin 12 July 2006 at 9:27 pm Permalink

    because this isn’t actually my site i can post this here, but this past month it has really been gaining a healthy understanding that the end is near. There are three parts to that fence. One being that you are afraid the end is near so you always live in fear trying to live a legalistic life or not living a life with laws at all. Then there is the life on the fence of knowing there are two sides to the fence but never really picking a side to be on thinking you are safe observing what all is going around you. Then there is the life on the other side of the fence where you have this heart that knows the end is near and there isn’t much time left. I think that fear has been lost in a lot of christians and God is slowly growing that passion in me. in my growth he will be teaching me where i am to be headed. But i deffinately (like you have in your post) need the church body to help me grow. Then by them helping me i will beable to return that favor to either them, or make a huge impact somewhere else living out the Great commission with great confidence.

    The other thing is in all of the old testament he wanted whole city’s or nations. He doesn’t want just one church to be a movement and gain a couple of people each year, He wants the WHOLE city. How sweet would that be to have a whole city gathered together worshiping God as one body. And when city’s were in sin God destroyed the city. The passion in my heart is growing. I’m gaining focus, i just await the direction. When those two meet… watch out!!


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