Community is a super trendy word around churches. Our church lexicon is filled with community phrases: community groups, missional community, gospel community, meaningful community, life giving community, the community of faith, etc. Interestingly community is a word only used once in the New Testament.
Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. ACTS 25:24
After a week Tomorrow our mission team takes a 4 hour bus ride to catch a 4 hour flight home to Oregon from Salamanca, Mexico. Yet again we were able to share in another GREAT week together. In shared experiences we have created what many in the church talk about, community. It may have been large number of medical emergencies, or the "mucho tacos," or the completing a project by serving together, or by sharing good food and drinks together, or the man who ate a balloon at a stop light, but somewhere in all this this team, as in years past, created a community. Community is really that simple; sharing life together.
Each of us longs for and is built for community. We all know we want it. So let me ask, who are you sharing life with? Step out. Take a risk. Work together with others. Share life. Be honest. Laugh together.
Just Maybe you'll find what you've been yearning for, community.
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