• 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!

Com-mu-ni-ty

Com-mu-ni-ty.  My old college English dictionary defines the word as: “a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests.”  Such a definition doesn’t really do much for me.  It certainly doesn’t stir anything in my heart.community three people

Biblical community is fellowship, partnership in the Gospel.  We are made to be in community because the triune God lives in and expresses itself through community.  However, as with the dictionary definition of community above, we struggle to see its actual importance to our day to day life.  Certainly, we can speak on biblical community and lead Bible studies in the value of community, but our practical experience of community may be somewhat limited or incomplete.

Bruce Milne, in his insightful work, We Belong Together, makes this statement in a section on the power of a loving community: “To love means to be vulnerable; it means accepting responsibility; it means giving ourselves away.”  Three short statements packed with meaning which demonstrate that biblical community calls for time, vulnerability and ‘one another-ing’ each other.

Starting in January 2014, we will begin a ‘global conversation’ about biblical community using a version of a white paper entitled: TC4u.  You’ll be hearing more about this working paper in the weeks ahead.

To start us thinking on the subject, consider this question: what elements are essential to a biblical transformational community?

 

 

 

4 Responses

  1. Ephesians 5:31-32Why did Paul use the family to describe the relationships within the church community? A church community must not be less than a gathering of family members.

  2. For deep biblical community, the individuals involved must have a good grasp of the gospel applied to themselves. They must really understand their acceptance in Christ so that they can both walk in transparency rather than try to mask with “leaves”; and so that they can be loving & gracious listeners toward their brothers & sisters.

  3. Biblical community is entered on and vitally dependent on our partipation by grace through faith in the resurrection-ascension life of Christ

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