Growing in community is about learning to love those around us. Here are some notes from our sharing time in the “Aroma DNA series” at The Aroma Church.
Many people struggle with a deadly disease called “isolationitus” (Stanley, Creating Community). Symptoms include lost perspective, fear of intimacy, selfishness and poor health. But God gives us a clear and simple antidote: Christ-centered Community: Together in Love.
- Together: Acts 2:42-47 gives us a brief outline of what it looks like to be together. They were devoted. They saw wonders and signs. They shared. They lived generously. They were thankful. New friends joined them everyday.
- In Love: Ephesians 2:14-22 shows us a picture of what “in love” looks like. We have peace. Christ has reconciled us. We all have access to the Father through the Spirit. Jesus tore down the walls. We are members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus is the cornerstone. We are together being built into a temple, dwelling place of God by the Spirit. We walk in love (5:2). This is where intentionality happens. It must be Christ-focused. It must be turning our eyes to Jesus in every situation.
Practically speaking, this is about developing a culture of honor in our everyday and loving and serving each other through opportunities like small groups. We must learn, love, and lead well.
Here are some questions to ask yourself and others:
- What would it look like to have a truly Christ-focused community?
- When was the last time you asked someone how you could pray for them?
- When was the last time you asked someone what was going on in their life, really?
- What’s God been saying to you these days?
- Share a testimony about something that has happened recently.
- Or maybe there’s someone you need to say sorry to. Or someone you need to forgive. That’s intentional living. Let’s take a moment and examine our lives.