Thriving in Community
Ours is a multi-layered community, replete with many hiding places. We can hide in our cars, behind our front doors. We can separate our public lives from our private ones. The real concern in this is, how much does this erode our sense of community?
Early Christians did not separate their public and private lives, according to Christian author, C. Kavin Rowe, in his e-book called Thriving Communities (Amazon.com). Rowe writes that “being Christian is by its very nature a public confession and identity.” In addition, ‘Christian’ was not first used as an internal self-designation. It was instead a term coined by outsiders, by those who could see a thriving community and needed a word with which to describe them.”
What’s most noteworthy is this label is given according to your actions and behavior witnessed by others. How wonderful is that? Consequently, the essence of community is working with and beside others as disciples of Christ to carry out his will.
As Pastor Steve pointed out, thriving in community can include everything from surfing to sleeping, from laughter to lightheartedness to love. The takeaway is, love creates community through relationships. And community is a gift from God.