3 Reasons To Be Part Of A Community
We had an AWESOME Potluck/Game Night this past Sabbath into Saturday night (That storm was intense!) and really enjoyed everyone coming out! God had recently been burdening my heart with the idea of Community and the importance of it in relation to our church. Here are some points that made sense to me and hope you get alot from them. We began the conversation about if we had to We had riveting conversation and so many of us (about 20 young adults) came up with inspiring and thought provoking points (why didn’t I take notes!?!?!?), on items such as what they’d be looking for in an ideal community such as safety, cleanliness, and friendliness of neighbors. Then we discussed characteristics existing communities such as sports teams, various racial communities and STRONG online communities. Community characteristics such as communication, structure, A STRONG leader, diversity, legacy, teamwork, family oriented and many others.
What is a community?
- a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists
Examples of Community
– A sports team (Us against the world!)
– Racial Community (Black, white, indian, hispanic)
– Online Community (FB ‘closed’ groups, Youtube, Twitter hashtags)
Reasons to be part of a Community (with Scriptures)
- God promised to be with us – In Matthew 18:20, God promised that where 2 or 3 or gathered together in His name, He is there! That is pretty much foundational for any Christian community, God has to be present for anything good to happen in our lives individually and the community of which you’d like to belong.
- Walk with each other through life’s tough times AND celebrate with each other for accomplishments
Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Someone said “a joy shared is doubled…a sorry shared is halved?”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:14
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”
- Our FULL potential as individuals cannot be reached outside of a community
– Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
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