A Case for Community (III)

by Pastor Marc

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  • HOW community works

How can we live in community? How do we get community? Back in Acts 2 the events that preceded the description of the community of the early Christians was the day of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that makes all the difference in the world. Paul writes in Galatians,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (5:22-24)

The Spirit is God’s gift to His people. Jesus promised to send another, a helper. We have community, through Spirit and the gospel. Because in the gospel we find that God makes us alive together with Christ (Eph. 1) and that we (Christians) are one body, one spirit. In and through Christ there is unity.

It has been said that the corporate gathering is the air war and ministries like life groups are the ground war. Community does not happen in rows but rather in circles. We were made for community, not isolation. But how do we know that? Because, in the beginning of the beginning we find out that God is in community with himself. God exemplifies community. In Genesis 1:26-27 God says “Let us make man in our image” Who is “us” or “our”? That would be the community of God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. Community is seen in the children of Israel and as we have already looked at in the new people of God, the church. He calls his people into community, fellowship, and into life together.

The Christian Life is better lived together! How are you living in community?


 

About the contributor: Pastor Marc has been serving at First Baptist Church since September 2002. He is a graduate Summit University of PA (B.S. 2000, M.A. 2015). He has 15+ years of pastoral experience. Marc married his wife Amanda (Rendon) in December of 2002. They have four children: Paige, Luke, Johanna & Owen.

 

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