Made for Community

"...what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. From the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made." Romans 1:19-20 (HCSB)

A couple things about fellowship that have been reinforced by watching the Discovery Channel this week-
  1. Many of God's creations, including and especially us, were truly meant to live in community.
  2. Foolishly leaving a community could put you in harm's way. You might get consumed by a predator, lose your way on a long journey, or succumb to the bitter harsh cold that can destroy you.
  3. The local Church ought to look tribal. By this I mean that all of life's experiences are shared and aided by others from birth to death. It becomes a family, and a source of joy, protection, and love for all who are part of it.
  4. It is possible to survive (be a Christian) outside the community (the local Church), but I believe it is impossible to flourish.
There is so much to be said about the importance of being part of a local Church. I will acknowledge my own limitations and point you to some other resources.
  1. Jim Smith on community
  2. John Piper series on the covenant community of the Church
  3. Suzanne Hadley on today's "Designer Church"
  4. Mark Driscoll series on The Doctrine of the Local Church - put these on your iPod and take them with you, or listen while you wash dishes. It is worth it!

1 comment:

Amy Lynn said...

Ahh! Your back. Eight days was a little long for me Chelsea, you need to blog more! I'm addicted to reading!