Oneness is at the heart of the Christian faith; the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is an eternal picture of how God intends us to live. We are fallen humanity, but He longs for us to be in unity and harmony with each other. Jesus prayed:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)
Throughout the bible, we see examples of how the kingdom draws people together in community. In the Old Testament, there was a Jubilee Year every 50th year, when debts were cancelled and capital redistributed. Jesus said that the prophecy about a coming ‘year of God’s favour’ (Jubilee), was fulfilled in Him.
Jesus warned against the power of money and materialism and told the rich young man to “Go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)
The vision for community in this church was birthed out of what we saw in Acts, the example of the early church and the way they were “one heart and soul”. There have been many struggles over the past few years, but we need to remember the oneness that Jesus prayed for. However our expression of community works itself out, let’s keep the challenge close to our hearts of making our faith practical, of letting Jesus’ words speak to our daily lives and the choices we make. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said:
“Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than they love the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community.”
We may wonder what the future of Christian community is, but community is close to God’s heart, so we can trust Him with it.
What everyday, costly choices is God speaking to you about?
Where do you think God is leading our vision of Christian community?
Spend some time praying this week for God to show you what His heart is for community.
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