Experiencing Biblical Community
Each person experiencing Biblical community within the body of Christ.
Created for Community
God created each one of us for relationship. When you believed in Jesus Christ for your salvation, your were first and foremost reconciled into a right relationship with Him. At the same time, you were also reconciled into new relationships with all of God’s children because you were brought into the “family” of God.
A Big, Functional Family
The church is described in scripture as a “household” (Eph 2:19), or as family. We see a beautiful picture of what the family of God looks like in Acts 2:42-27. They were a worshiping community of people who did life together, cared for each others needs, and had an impact on the community they lived in. In order for this design to be realized, each family member must be actively moving out to love, serve and meet the needs of others. Community doesn’t happen if we all sit around and wait for or expect others to move toward us!
The Body of Christ
As children of God, each one of us has been made to be a specific and vital “body part” in the body of Christ. As body parts, each one of us needs the body of Christ, and the body of Christ needs each one of us (1 Cor 12). In fact, the overall body functions in full health and strength only when each individual part is working properly in its place (Eph 4:16). This means that if we are not plugged-in and fulfilling the unique role God has given each one of us, then the mission of the church will be hindered.
No “Lone Rangers”
“One can acquire almost anything in solitude, except character…”
In the New Testament, we see many occurrences of the phrase “one another” when talking about God’s design for the church. These were written to local churches with the assumption that they would be having to put these into practice in their relationships with each other.
- “love one another” John 13:34
- “be devoted to one another” Rom 12:10
- “give preference to one another” Rom 12:10
- “weep & rejoice with one another” Rom 12:15
- “don’t judge one another” Rom 14:13
- “build one another up” Rom 14:19
- “accept one another” Rom 15:7
- “admonish one another” Rom 15:14
- “care for one another” 1 Cor 12:25
- “serve one another” Gal 5:13
- “bear one another’s burdens” Gal 6:2
- “be compassionate to one another” Eph 4:32
- “submit to one another” Eph 5:21
- “forgive one another” Col 3:13
- “comfort one another” 1 Thess 4:18
- “encourage one another” 1 Thess 5:11
- “be hospitable to one another” 1 Pet 4:9
- “clothe yourselves with humility toward one another” 1 Pet 5:5
- “confess your sins to one another” James 5:16
- “pray for one another” James 5:16
What keeps people from experiencing or having to put into practice these one-anothers? What about in your own life?
Moving Toward God’s Design
- Step Out – Look for opportunities to put the “one-anothers” into practice. If you see someone around you in need, seek to meet that need if you are able and come alongside them through encouragement and prayer.
- Be Vulnerable – Open yourself up to those around you. Be honest about your struggles and needs so that others can come alongside to love and encourage you.
- Join a Small Group – As a practical way to foster more intimate relationships in the church family, get involved in a LifeGroup, or a small group through the Youth, College or Singles ministries.