Key Scripture: 1 John 1:3 "...that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ."
God not only created us to have a relationship with Him, but also with one another. In this season of “social distancing” the value of community and fellowship with each other are more apparent than ever. To be clear, the context here is not merely hanging out or passively observing others as they participate. We are talking about interaction designed to intentionally build each other up, hold each other accountable, and produce holiness.
Before we can consider what that kind of interaction looks like, we must first think about the answer to this question: “Why would we do it?” As Christians we are compelled by the grace and love shown to us by Jesus to reach out and share these with others. Jesus fostered community focused on God’s mission throughout the Gospels. Whether He was with one disciple or many thousands, the community was always about the mission.
We see this concept carried on by the early church as recorded in Acts, as well as in many of the Epistles. With an understanding of “why” we can then clearly see that each of us and all of us are the “who.” Now it is time for us to move toward the “what” and “how” questions, focusing on God’s mission as we love one another through church community and fellowship.
Questions to Consider: Do I identify as a member of the body of Christ and our church? How can I love others through church community? How is church community important to my discipleship?
- That I identify as a member of the covenant body of Christ, that is, the church.
- That I understand the biblical commands for loving one another and their implications for my life.
- That I will develop a regular habit of meeting with other believers for the specific purpose of mutual building up in the faith and accountability in spiritual growth.
- That our church community would grow in quality, leading to quantity.
- That I will embrace my role within our church family, however God directs.
- That our leadership would intentionally foster an environment of loving care for our church family.