Did everyone else make it through today? I felt like I almost didn’t. My wonderful husband got a job! Yay! It’s totally a God thing to because it came at just the right time. And his new job is very close to my current work place which means that we can car pool a lot more. :)
Yesterday’s lesson was about community. Which I think is pretty appropriate because of the support that Josh and I have received from our own community group.
“We are created for community.” -Josh Wilson
1. Why do we do community?
a. Community is rooted in the image of God. God, in His very essence, is relational. Genesis 1:29 and Genesis 2:18
b. Community is rooted in our need for support. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
c. Community is rooted in our need for growth. Proverbs 27:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11
2. What should community look like?
“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. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
a. They were devoted.
b. They read the Word of God.
c. They were in fellowship with one another.
d. They broke bread.
e. They prayed together.
f. There were supernatural expectations.
g. There was radical generosity.
h. They had met in large and small groups.
i. They had favor with all people.
3. How do we have this kind of community?
a. Love the church. Ephesians 5:25-27
The church is the bride of Christ and He loves her desperately.
You can’t love Jesus and hate his bride (the church).
b. Lead out as Priests. 2 Corinthians 5 and 1 Peter 2:9
The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.
I know that was a lot of points, but they were all super practical. Community is something that we are a part of everyday. (Unless you’re a hermit.) But you can be a part of a community and not be getting filled with support and love like Christ intended.
Here are some things that you can do to follow the example that the early church set as a model for us.
- Connect to a Community. Most churches are starting to offer small groups or community groups that meet in homes. Just like the those in the early church did.
- Follow the example of the early church. (See the What should community look like point. The one with all the letters.)
- Lead out in Community. Be an example of what God’s people are supposed to be doing. Volunteer to clean your local thrift store. (That is a very dusty business, so bringing a mask is a good idea.) Or volunteer as a group to serve at a soup kitchen. You can even go to a retirement home and hang our with some old people for a night.
Whenever you do things as a group or community, the end result is very rewarding. :)