August, 16, 2015
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
We need community to:
Grow – We grow in Christ’s likeness in community. Jesus modeled to His followers what it meant to love God and neighbor in very specific situations.
Serve – God has given each of us gifts- special abilities and skills – to serve Him in the world and in the church. It is by living in a community of believers where we can discuss our passions, test our gifts and be encouraged, counseled and prayed for by those who know us.
Witness – ”A city on a hill cannot be hidden!“ (Matthew 5:14). Our community together is an outreach to others and a witness of the Gospel of Christ. As Jesus prays in John 17:23, ”May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me.“
What would it look like if we, like the early church, devoted ourselves to each other, living, learning, eating, praying with and for each other; devoted to our community?