• 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!

community: part 1 of 3

Today’s post comes from Bill (WT Canada):DSCN2144

“I’ve just returned from being in Cameroon, Africa for the past several weeks. As part of my teaching on Authentic Biblical Community I gave the participants this assignment: Draw a picture of COMMUNITY that explains itself, or using very few words if you have to. In small groups of around five they went to work. During the next session I held up each drawing and tried to explain community from the drawings. When I held up the picture above someone yelled out that it was not one of the submissions. Rather, it was the effort of two little two and a half year olds occupying themselves while their parents thought through the assignment.

However, this was one of the best efforts to explain community. Community is messy at times. Community can look disorganized. Community can seem like never connecting and different lines that somehow interact and have relationship, sort of, in some way. Yet with all of this “beautiful mess” community is necessary. Did you notice the flower in the picture? As the Body of Christ we are part of a community that seeks to encourage and uplift one another while at the same time live as living witnesses inviting others to join with us in this community.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians believers: “but now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. . . Consequently you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.”  (Ephesians 2:13, 19)  You belong! What a wonderful illustration of what the Gospel does, it allows us to belong. Community may be messy, but it is a beautiful mess!

Wherever your place of service is I want to challenge you to see through the confusion and messiness of community and see the necessity of community; the hope it gives to others – You can belong. The call of Christ is to accept his gift of forgiveness and invitation into a new and better community.”

3 Responses

  1. Thanks for this sloppy beauty, Bill. Dawns on me that it’s like disciplemaking; we don’t give up because some walk away. I ought not be down on community simply because the “one another” sometimes gets messy…or doesn’t work out.

  2. The Drawing looks like an activities map of morning in a Yali village with people going to and from and then leaving the village to different external activities! 🙂 The evening version would show the people re-engaging as they return, and then gathering in huts to eat together, for prayer and worship, then sleep.

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