The Community of Faith

They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowhip, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  … Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoyin the favor of all people.  and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. 
 – Acts 2:42, 46-47

I’ve been blessed to be part of and witness several communities of faith throughout my journeys.  At school, it was the Cockins Family and the Radius community.  The crew aboard the M/V Africa Mercy.  The Akia-Ashianut group that journeyed over to Uganda together.  Here in Tennessee, the Stronghold community. 

We find communities of faith everywhere we look.  They surround churches, universities, youth groups and bands of friends.  They give us strength, sharpening our beliefs.  We surround ourselves with fellow believers because they share our passion, our faith.  They build us up, just as we help to lift them as well. 

We were created to be in community, because we were created in the image of God. 

So God created human beings in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
 – Genesis 1:27

God the Father.  God the Spirit.  God the Son.  Three aspects of the same God.  Three distinct individuals within one.  God is the image of community.  He didn’t create human being to be alone.

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.”  … Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 
– Genesis 2:18, 22

God created us not to be alone.  He created us to be with one another.  To be in community with one another.  Man and woman, together, are the image of God. 

The strongest of communities are those that incorporate both brothers and sisters in Christ.  Women see things different than men.  We were created seperately, together we are one in the image of God. 

We were not made to be alone.  Some of us were called to marrage, others missions.  Some are called as teachers, pastors, evangelists, prophets and apostles.  While each of us may be called individually, we must have a community surrounding us to have the strength to answer that call. 

It’s those one-on-one relationships that define us as followers of Christ. 

Just some thoughts… (and thanks Reuben for the conversation that sparked this post)

God Bless and PEACE

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