We Don’t Create Community, We Join It.
For the person who may be feeling alone or disconnected, this is both an encouraging statement and an instructive statement.
It is encouraging to know that “community” is something that already exists. This talk of “community” is not something that is new or novel; rather it is something that has existed for all of eternity. It is anchored in God. In fact, “community” was a major motivation behind God’s acts of creation and redemption.
The Scriptures tell us that God is triune; that is God is three persons and yet one God. This Triune God, has existed for all of eternity past and therefore has lived “in community” before the world was even made. When the story of creation unfolds, we see the Creator lovingly meeting every need that Adam had. In fact, did we not hear the Creator say, “It is not good that man should be alone?” Why? It is because we were created for “community” with God and others.
The tragic consequence of the fall of man was the loss of “community.” At the end of Genesis 3, through the removal of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, we see separation occur between man and the Creator. Furthermore, part of the curse that ensued was that there was no longer harmony between the man and the woman. Rather, there is now “enmity” between the man and the woman. As a result, Adam and Eve were more prone to cover themselves and to hide, than they were to pursue genuine “community.”
The beauty of the message of Jesus and the cross is that Jesus came to “reconcile” us to God and to each other. The desire of the heart of God for us is seen in the prayer of Jesus in John 17 when he prays, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am.” This is the desire of God; that we would be reconciled to God and be brought into the “community” that exists among the Triune God. This is the very reason John says we proclaim the good news of Jesus. It is “so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3)
We don’t create community, we join it. “Community” is anchored in God and provided for us through Jesus Christ. This means that for the Christian, “community” is there for the taking. We just need to join it.
We join community when we turn in faith to Jesus. Through this act of faith, we are brought into the family of God.
We join community when we join a local church. The church is described by Paul in Ephesians 2:22 this way: “In him (Jesus) you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” The church is the people of God and the presence of God in this world.
We join community when we are intentional about relationship. Through being involved in a Community Group you are investing your time in something that is of greatest value to God.
All you have to do is “join it!” Over time, you will experience the wonderful community that is anchored in God and discovered among his people. Take the “next step” and join community.
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