We all crave belonging and community. We want to be a part of something. We need true belonging but how exactly do we find it?
The truth is, we need each other. We need to trust, rely and depend on one another. God gave us each other to walk alongside, encourage, spur one another in love. We are to carry each other’s burdens, care for each other’s practical needs, warn each other of sin, and rejoice with each other.
When God formed Adam, he was the only human on earth for a while. Can you imagine how lonely that must have felt? But God said it wasn’t good for man to be alone. Adam and Eve were the first human community. They lived in perfect community with each other and God. From the beginning, God created us for community. Let's dive in and see exactly what DOES the Bible say about community.
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What does the Bible say about Community?
Community is God’s desire for us. Scripture is all about living in community. The Bible tells us to spend time and bear with one another in community. No matter what stage of life you are in, you always have something to share or learn from others. You are called to love one another, lift each other up, and be the friend that each of us longs for. God didn't intend for us to live life alone!
And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
Carry one another’s burdens; in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
So that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:25-27
God Created Us for Community
Satan tries to lead us to live a life of our own any chance he gets. While it’s important to spend time in solitude with God and His Word, He didn’t design for us to live in isolation. In the Word, we will find that it tells us that we simply can’t function without each other. God designed us to crave belonging and community.
This makes for harmony among the members so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 1 Corinthians 12 NLT
Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way, we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. Romans 12:4-5
The Importance of Community
These days we are more of an individualistic culture. Everyone is out for themselves. Our connections with others tend to be shallow, and short-lived, only relying on convenience. We often put on the facade of our “true selves” and cover the pain of our lives, pretending that everything is okay and we don’t need help.
Individualism isn’t a part of God’s design. God shows us the importance of community in His Word and in His being. In creating mankind, God desired for us to live in community with one another, and know the joyous life that you can share. This is because we were made in the image of a triune God, who has always existed in an everlasting community as the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.Individualism isn't part of God's design. God shows us the importance of community in His word and in His being. Read more about the importance of living in community. #community #ChristianBloggers Click To Tweet
Fellowship with God and Each Other
We have been brought into fellowship with God and each other through the work of Jesus Christ. When we talk about fellowship, we are talking about the shared union, the shared participation that we have in Christ. As believers, we are bonded in the spiritual reality of being united with Christ and the hope of eternal life with God.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20
God created us not to be isolated human beings, but rather to live life with others. Being in church on Sunday is important, but church doesn’t have to stop there. Spending time with one another in fellowship with God and each other in between Sundays can help you grow in your faith even more. We need community and fellowship to help build us up in truth and love.
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Praying for Your Community
There is power in praying for your community. There are needs all around us. Many of us think we have no way of making an impact in the world around us. Or we don’t know how. Maybe the likelihood of you lending some financial help or your time might be a stretch, but you can pray for those who are in need. Spend time in prayer asking God to help you resemble Christ in all of your interactions.
“Thank you, God, for where you have placed me at this time. Where I live is no mistake. The community you have surrounded me with is my mission field. Give me the wisdom and confidence to spread the Good News of the Gospel. Satan has no power here. Help me to live and breathe your truth in everything I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
As a Christ follower, you should set an example and show your love for Christ every day in your community. That’s where you will see ministry happen. When we grow in relationships with others, we grow in our relationship with Christ.