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.
There are a LOT of Bible verses about community!
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 together. 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
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, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.. Romans 12:4-5 HCSB
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.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! Psalm 133:1 HCSB
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 CSB
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.
More Bible Verses About Community
There are so many Bible verses about community to reflect upon. Scripture constantly talks about people coming together to break bread, to pray, to lift each other up, and to share their blessings with one another.
- Acts 2:46-47 HCSB – Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.
- Romans 12:16 NIV – Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
- Acts 1:14 NIV – They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
- Galatians 3:28-29 NIV – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
- Acts 4:32 NIV – All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.
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.
What is your favorite Bible verse about community and living in harmony with others?