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15 Reasons Why Community is Important …. {Even if You’ve Been Hurt}


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15 Reasons To Keep Reaching out

{Even When You’ve Been Hurt}

 

1. Christ is the Body and He is Love and both can only exist in community

 

2. God’s people are given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5) and reconciliation begins first in our homes, down the street, in this pew, around the corner, in community — or we are ministers of misrepresentation.

 

3. It’s only when you reach out to community that your gifts can be used for the Kingdom.

 

4. Joining and participating in just one group or community this year cuts your odds of dying in half over the next year.

 

5. Community is only and always what people are: beautiful and broken and utterly redeemable.

 

6. There are no I-slands in the Kingdom, only His-lands, and the notion of lone rangers is purely bad fiction.

 

7. The wonder of this: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are the temple of the Holy Spirit? … God’s temple is sacred and you are that temple.” (1 Cor. 3) We are all the “living stones” of the temple of the Holy Spirit. But if one stone withdraws from the other stones?

The “you” in 1 Cor. 13 is plural. Y’all together are the temple of the Holy Spirit; we are a temple of the Holy Spirit together in community. We need each other, all of us.

And believing is about belonging to a community. It’s when we are committed in community that we collectively live it before the world: God is among us.

 

8. 2000 years of Christianity is founded on the breathtaking living organism of community.

 

9. Community is healthy for us:Those with strong social connections but poor health habits (eating, exercise, etc.) are just as healthy as those with good health habits but weak social connections.

 

10. There are sisters in Christ who have died for gathering together with their sisters — how could I neglect so great a privilege?

 

11.Dor” in Hebrew, it means generation. May we be the next generation to go next door — the generation who knows who lives next door, what they need next door, how they ache next door. The Next Christians need to be the generation of Next Door Christians.

 

12. The Christian life is the compassionate, crucified, cruciformed life. Not the comfortable life. Community is how God shapes His children into the image of Christ.

 

13. We love Him enough to meet Him where He is — “Where 2 or 3 are gathered there He is…”

 

14. Love is a tree, each person a branch. And a pile of cut off branches doesn’t make a tree. Love can only be comprehended in community.

 

15. Every chance I have to love imperfect people is another chance to perfect His love in me. . This is a way to soar.


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