a group of people connected by something in common
The cause for community:
- The Work of Christ on the Cross (Eph. 2:13-22)
- God’s Design for the Church – Interdependency among Body members (Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12)
The culture for community:
- A Body that values one another, understanding of how we need each other (1 Cor. 12:15-24)
- A Body that relates to one another with a deep caring, concern resulting in connectedness rather than letting differences divide (1 Cor. 12:25-26)
The criteria for community:
- Unity of heart based on who we are in Christ, not other criteria (Eph. 4:1-6)
- Seeking after the common good, not looking out for our own interests (Phil. 2:1-4)
The challenge for community:
- To not allow the ways of the world to creep into our churches (comparing, competing, entitlement) but to constantly submit to the transforming work of God by presenting ourselves to Him …. “as living sacrifices” denotes an ongoing work (Rom. 12:1-2)
- To not become satisfied with status quo but to realize we are constantly in process … always seeking God’s help to love more and more (Eph. 4:3; Phil. 1:9; Heb. 10:24-25)
- To not relegate this responsibility to ministry leaders … everyone must work at guarding, maintaining, and propelling community (Eph. 4:13-16)
Teachers either block or promote community in their classes by the way they structure the teaching-learning process.
As individual members of the Body, we must bring ourselves into accountability not only to leadership but to one another.