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Community is “A unified body of individuals with common character and common interests,
who share joint ownership and participation in something”. Our focus this month is “The
Church as a Covenant Community”. In the world today, there are forces which are pulling
people apart, isolating them and making it more difficult for them to come together in
community. Technological and social revolution, participation and communication meltdown,
are some of the forces fighting against community. Sadly, church members are also caught up
in this and if nothing is done to cultivate and maintain community, we will get swept

Although the level of connectedness between people in our society has dropped, the need to
connect one with another is still very evident. As social beings; people are hungry for
fellowship. In the New Testament there are no “Lone Ranger” Christians. God expects us to be
there for one another and as people around see our love for one another, our care, concern and
support for each other; they will want that for themselves. Jesus said “by this everyone will
know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). In his book “The
Connecting Church”, Randy Frazee contends, “The experience of authentic community is one
of the purposes God intends to be fulfilled by the Church. The writings of scripture lead one to
conclude that God intends the church, not to be one more bolt on the wheel of activity in our
lives, but the very hub at the center of one’s life”. Once our minds are transformed by God’s
grace, we recognize that we are part of a single body called the church and we act in ways that
remain a blessing to that body.

Mary Nelson agues, “The church is the glue that keeps us together when we disagree. It is the
gasoline that keeps us going during the tough times. It is the guts that enable us to take risks
when we need to”. It is therefore clear that discipleship in Christ means to follow him as Lord
and saviour and to build a community of Grace. In Romans 12:9-21, Paul gives some building
blocks to a community of grace:

Love one another v.9-10, Honour one another v.10, Worship with one another v.11-12, Be
gracious to one another v.13, Do not be spiteful toward one another v.14, 17, 19-20, Empathize
with one another v. 15, Get along with one another v. 16, 18; Psalm 133:1, Be humble toward
one another v. 16, Be honest with one another v. 17, Be good to one another v. 21; Galatians

True community does not happen overnight. The task may be trying yet ultimately rewarding,
it may be petty, yet finally satisfying, it may be difficult, yet in the end joyful. When each
member of the church begins to wrestle with their own place and takes a step toward deeper
relationship, the community grows. People that would normally never get along begin to love
each other and even lay down their lives for each other. We have to be very intentional about
keeping the devil from distracting us from what God has called us to be and to do. We are to
constantly pray, work and give for the building of this blessed community known as the
church. Have a community building week ahead!

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