• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

So What About Character Development?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his work entitled, Life Together, said this about community: “The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.”  I would contend that part of the ‘incomparable joy and strength’ that the community brings to a believer is to assist them to grow in character development.

The fourth chapter in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (as well as all the one another commands) is a case study for the need of community in order for character to develop. In that chapter, all the action words are in the plural ‘you’, indicating the need for one another to be able to grow in who we are in Christ.

Another of our global priorities speaks to this need: Each worker/leader will relate in a community where he/she experiences teaching, repentance, and new patterns of biblical living.

Community, team-time together, is first of all a place where true transformation happens and continues to happen in the life of the believer, of the worker.  This community will give rise to national fellowships as those workers spread out and share the story of Christ with those they are meeting.

This community time is more than just a sharing and prayer time.  It is a time where we hold one another to what the Scriptures call us to live out as a community, where we challenge, pray and encourage ‘one another’ in the Gospel.

 

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2 Responses

  1. I think the key word here is repentance. My (sad) experience has been that Evangelicals have little experience with this. I think it would be profitable to find case studies, perhaps some within WT itself, where communities of believers actually practice the repentance of sin to one another on a regular basis. This is a spiritual practice that needs to be practiced in Christian community. But how to do this is the question.

    • Agreed, though I do think repentance needs to always be tied to faith; the two go hand in hand. We ask for forgiveness through a repentant heart and receive the assurance of His forgiveness, by faith taking it deep into our heart. The Gospel Foundations course (done with most new members to the WT community) has some good ideas, steps and practices in this direction.

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