This conversation has come up in a variety of settings recently.
We all want to be a part of a community. Even more specifically, as Christians we long to be a part of a community of believers. I long to be a part of a community like the one described in the opening chapters of Acts. Christians coming together in large-group and small-group settings, deeply caring for one another. Seeking God together, asking questions, doubting, answering, loving, serving.
We want to be accepted by a community AND challenged to grow.
Do our churches look like this? Are we in community with our WHOLE church, or just those of similar ages with us?
Sometimes I think that underneath some of the cliques, structures, and traditions a true community actually exists. I have recently seen a community in my church. The people in our church care very deeply for each other. I am not sure that everybody experiences a true, Acts-chapter-two community during our Sunday morning service.
Do our [as in, yours, mine, everyone's] weekly church services and small-groups embody the communities that we are called by Scripture to be? If not, how can we restructure our churches to be the true Body of Christ?