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How Church Influences Our Sense of Community

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We learn of community because church is a gathering of lives and learning. In this, we see the church give us a sense of community, a place that is in need of redemptive love, our presence, and our commitment.

Church and community.

  • Are they synonymous terms in your mind?
  • Has one brought goodness into your life?
  • Has one wounded you and made you reactionary to the other?
  • How has “church” been defined TO you?
  • By you?

How about community?

They are both made up of people.  And as we look to belong, to lean into relationships around us and tell our stories, shoulder burdens, and share joys, we begin to acknowledge our human hunger to have community.

We are communal beings, created in the image of a God who inherently exudes community.

We learn from churches in Scripture, churches around the world and in the news, and the ones we have called home or brushed shoulders with.  We learn of community because church is a gathering of lives and learning.  In this we see the church give us a sense of community, a place that is in need of redemptive love, our presence, and our commitment.

It works.

It has messy brokenness at times.

It ebbs and flows.

It takes time.

It pushes us to worship.

It is full of people, different and the same in many ways. 

It will be met with challenges, skepticism, and sometimes hostility.

It will usher in hope, tend to potential, and experience growth. 

It can be beautiful.

It can make us stronger when we rise together. 

David Kinnaman, President of Barna Group, researcher, and author poses this question that as we do church and experience community, we are given the option to stand and advocate for them both. He asks “Do we have the courage and imagination to help lead the Christian community forward?”

Let’s hope so.

Let’s be bonded. Unified. Peaceful. Grateful. Teaching. Learning. Living.

Church. Community. Let us do this journey together.

Grow community and invest in church. Invest in community and grow church.

Expand our hopes and forgiveness; let us live in the image of our Creator.

Written by Nasreen Fynewever

Colossians 3:14-16  14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

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