Community

We know that community is not the goal – growing more into the image of Christ is the goal – but it is the vehicle by which we move toward the goal. It is the context for the gospel to flow in and flow out.

There are over 50 “one another” passages throughout the New Testament – imperatives placed in front of believers on how we should live. “Bearing one another’s burdens”, “praying for one another”, “confronting one another” – on and on I could go. These things – that make up community – are crucial to the balance and progress of our spiritual growth.

But that’s not where it stops. The Bible says that the old has passed away, and the new has come. Then it says that, through Christ, God reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. And this takes place in community.

Community is a conduit and a canvas for the gospel to be poured out and displayed to the lost and dying world around us – for mission.

Mission does not come before the gospel; it comes because of the gospel. The love of Christ compels us. A community engaging on mission out of anything other than a response to the gospel is just advocacy.

When the gospel lands and blows up group life, you have an overflow of gospel-centered living that permeates neighborhoods, schools, baseball teams and on and on.

Community life also has the opportunity to herald Christ by how we interact with one another.

Our society is saturated with the lie that everything is about you. Community is a place where this paradigm can be transformed. It is a place where it can be redeemed with a full, accurate and fluid picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Because of Christ,

Pastor Aaron