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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 05:25pm
  Called to Community

Acts 2:44 -47
And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.


CALLED TO COMMUNITY!

We are called to the community of Christ. Being a Christian is more than just attending a local church or Bible study. We can be in the midst of people and yet we are not connected. We look at the back of the heads of others and yet never know their names or share our lives with them.

We see in the early church that they had a deeper fellowship and upon receiving Salvation, they were integrated into a loving and living community of believers. It wasn’t just about attending a meeting with others, it was about connecting in smaller groups and sharing life with each other on a regular basis. In our day we don’t see very often this type of Biblical community that is spoken of in the Acts.

Community is defined as “a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists. A group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.

This is what Christianity is all about. It is not just about being connected to Christ but about being connected to other believers. It is about building meaningful relationships with this of like and precious faith who are “leading a common life according to a rule”; the Christian faith. We cannot grow alone, we need one another. We are all members of the same Body (Eph 4:4) and each individual has something to contribute to another. This connectivity in the early Church was the key to their unity and to the agreement that brought about the power they saw (Acts 2:43)! If we want to see the same power they had, we have to be connected.

In the world we live in where teaching and information are so readily available, sometimes we forget the need for community. We think that just because we watch Christian television or read the Bible or Christian books ourselves that we have no need for community. These things are wonderful and we should be thankful for them but they do not take the place of community. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) encourages us, “ And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Are you connected to a place to a people to someone who can pastor you in your life? If you are not, you are missing out on the blessing of community that God has called you to. Get connected today!

With love,

Derek

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