- Sunday: 9:00am-10:15am & 10:45am-12:00
When you hear the word "community", what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, it’s usually a group of friends sitting in a living room, drinking coffee, laughing, and talking about life. Why do we even need community?
Throughout Scripture, we see all kinds of communities and families. Some healthy, some unconventional, and some straight up twisted. But there’s one example that I think is fundamental to understanding why we need community: The Trinity.
I know that the Trinity is by nature a difficult concept for us to understand, but the truth is that even though the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one, they are all three separate Persons. God exists in the Trinity perfect and holy, and in constant community, even before time began.
1. The Trinity is constant community.
If all three persons of the God-head are in constant community with each other, what makes us think we don’t need community? God created us in His image and He created us to be in intimate relationship with Him and other people. Jesus died on the cross not just so that we wouldn’t go to hell, but so that we would be able to experience intimacy with the Father.
2. Community brings healing.
James5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” There’s an incredible and beautiful restoration that happens in a person’s life when they throw all insecurity and fear to the wind, and decide to be completely open and vulnerable. When someone confesses their sins, their wounds, their greatest fears and insecurities, there’s an immediate and powerful freedom that washes over them. I’m not saying to tell every person you know your deepest secrets, but I am saying to find someone or a few people who you think you can trust and jump off the ledge.
3. Community brings us life.
Sometimes when life is rough it’s hard to see past all the negativities. And the enemy loves that. He knows that if he can get us to isolate and only focus only on our ourselves, we’ll stay stuck and keep spiraling deeper and deeper into a pit. Community not only gives us a support during those times, but allows us to be the support for other people – and that gives us life. Sometimes we need to be reminded that God is in control, sometimes we need to be the one doing the reminding, and sometimes we need to just move forward knowing that God has already worked things out. Romans 12:15 sums it up perfectly: “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”
4. Community brings us safety.
Whether we like it or not, we all have blind spots. The only way we’ll know that, is if someone else tells us. Kind of like when the tag on your shirt is sticking out. The metaphorical tag can be a sin, a self-destructive behavior, or something that holds us back. Without community we’d be walking around with tags sticking out of our shirts, spinach in our teeth, and boogers hanging from our nose. Community brings us together, and we’re better together.
Community is messy, necessary, difficult, and beautiful all at the same time. If you’ve been wounded by community before, I implore you to pray and ask the Lord to lead you to a healthy community. If you’ve seen community modeled in a healthy way and are currently lacking it, I want to exhort you to be the catalyst and start one! If we follow Romans 12:9-21 we can be unstoppable agents of change in the church and in the world.