Community Building

Because of the kindness that God has shown me, I ask you not to think of yourselves more highly than you should. Instead, your thoughts should lead you to use good judgment based on what God has given each of you as believers.

Our bodies have many parts, but these parts don’t all do the same thing. In the same way, even though we are many individuals, Christ makes us one body and individuals who are connected to each other.

God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking what God has revealed, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith. If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous. If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping people in need, help them cheerfully.

Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other. Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord. Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually. Share what you have with God’s people who are in need. Be hospitable.

Romans 12:3‭-‬13 GW

And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Acts 2:44‭-‬47 NASB

Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.

1 Corinthians 1:10 NASB

God’s plan is perfect.

There’s only one way that it will come to pass.

When the Church submits to the headship of Christ.

Every single one of us.

That’s what being a disciple is all about.

Imagine a body.

And you’re just one cell in that body.

That’s your life here on Earth.

What can you accomplish by yourself?

Not much.

You can live or die, that’s about it.

Eventually, you’ll be replaced.

Your function will be passed on to the next generation.

So how does the cell stay alive?

By being connected to the rest of the body.

The Church’s mandate is community building.

Make disciples.

Teach people to be obedient to God.

I’m beginning to see which dominoes need to fall into place before we can really impact our respective communities.

We need personal revival first.

You can’t export something that you don’t have.

You can’t introduce people to Jesus if you don’t have a relationship with Him.

So, first and foremost, we need to cultivate our personal relationship with God.

Ultimately, that’s our primary responsibility in life.

No one can save you except Jesus.

And you have to accept His gift of salvation by faith for yourself.

No one can do it for you.

That should inform our evangelism efforts.

God will save those that He has chosen and preordained for salvation.

They might be alone when they come to know Jesus, like I was.

Or someone might share the Gospel with them.

Either way, it’s God’s Holy Spirit that really grabs a hold of their heart and gives them the gift of faith.

I’m a firm believer that we should mirror the Acts 2 model if we want to be successful in transforming our culture for Christ.

That’s not a popular opinion among selfish people.

But selfishness is the opposite of what God calls us to.

Of course, we need wisdom and discernment to avoid unscrupulous grifters, of which I’ve met a few.

That’s why community is so important.

We need to know each other.

As a perennial outsider, I tend to overlook the value of social capital.

However, as a zealous follower of Jesus, I have the grace to create community wherever I go.

I’m not a pastor.

Nor do I play one on TV.

You don’t have to be a pastor to build community.

You just have to be a person.

Do you have a pulse?

Good, then God can use you right where you’re at.

Be that considerate person that thinks of others as better than yourself.

Meaning, that you see yourself as their servant.

Not to serve all their wishes and desires.

No.

You’re there to meet urgent needs and help keep them accountable to the Word of God.

It’s a fine line.

Love and peace hold it all together.

Otherwise it turns into religion and legalism.

There is life in Christ.

That life is meant to be shared and celebrated.

Don’t be afraid of the overwhelmingly antichrist nature of our popular culture.

That’s what keeps our global economy going.

Focus on the individuals that you interact with on a daily basis.

Share what you have with them.

Even if it’s just a word of encouragement.

That’s what I like to do.

May God bless you and give you great success in sharing His message with this world.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

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