I had a 8 girls in the house the other night and we had a brilliant time. None of them are christians but their company made me feel I belonged. It got me thinking about community and it seems that community is everywhere and it is an important part of our lives. When life gets busy and you don’t have the time to see so many people it can feel isolating, can’t it? Anyone with me on that? You have a week or so that goes by and it feels frenetic and not much of it involves all the people that you really care about.

 

I thought about the communities that we live in, friends, family, church, groups. Then my mind wandered onto Jesus’ community of disciples. His mission was to train them for discipleship and ministry but it was through communion with him. He was close to them, he chose them and he invested in them. When we are in communion with people we want to draw close to them, we choose them (unless they are family) and we invest in them.

 

 

I had a powerful experience once at a Christian music festival and I literally took communion with 25,000 other believers. The experience was an intense and memorable one.   The presence of God was so tangible that that it left an imprint on my memory and showed me a different aspect of communion and community that I hadn’t encountered before. Here are a few of the many verses I could find on the need for us to gather together and lift each other up. Paul talks about us being a part of the body of Christ and we function best when we are connected to other parts of the body. Although I enjoy being in community with friends who don’t know God, I also love spending time with my brothers and sisters in Christ. For all those people I am truly thankful.

 

 

 

 

Matt 18:20  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

Rom 12:5     So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Gal 6:2          Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Rom 12:10   Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Rom 1:11-12   I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong–that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each    other’s faith.

1 Th 5:11        Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Heb 10:24     And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

1 John 1:7     But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

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