BUILDING COMMUNITY

“Community” is the place where the person you least want to live with, always lives, says Henri Nouwen. Often we surround ourselves with the people we most want to live with, which forms a club or a clique, not a community. Anyone can form a club; it takes grace, shared vision, and hard work to form a community.

The Christian church was the first institution in history to bring together on equal footing Jews and Gentiles, men and women, slaves and free. The apostle Paul waxed eloquent on this “mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God.” By forming a community out of diverse members, Paul said, we have the opportunity to capture the attention of the world and even the supernatural world beyond.

In some ways the church has sadly failed in this assignment. Still, church is the one place I visit that brings together generations: infants still held in their mother’s arms, children who giggle at all the wrong times, responsible adults who know how to act appropriately at all times, and those who may drift asleep if the preacher drones on too long.

If we want the community experience God is offering to us, we have reason to seek a congregation of people “not like us.”

The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. – G.K. CHESTERTON

Published by johnranjit

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5 thoughts on “BUILDING COMMUNITY

  1. The first church members were almost entirely Jewish before the Gospel spread to the Gentiles but this vision that God gave Paul is not over because a growing community of Jews are believing in Jesus as their long-awaited Mesdiah called “Messianic Jews”. Usually, their places of worship have both Gentile and Jewish believers worshipping Jesus as Lord and Messiah alongside each other with a mix of English and Hebrew worship songs with the Aaronic blessing being declared over all of them.

    This was God’s plan, God’s vision to bring Jews and Gentiles together in faith in Jesus which is happening now as a sign of the last days. That is why Paul says that God is not done with the Jews and he also warns us as Christians not to boast against them saying that they are the original olive tree and that we Gentiles have been grafted into them. This particularly important because some Christian denominations have always preached from their pulpits that God has denied salvation to the Jews and that they are worthy of hatred. One sign of the last days is “the one new man” which is Jew and Gentile believers of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew meaning “Salvation”) coming together and worshipping Jesus as one body which will bring life from the dead as mentionedby the apostle Paul.

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