12 July 2006 ~ 2 Comments


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?

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