Thursday, February 19, 2009

Conversations in Community

Conversation.

I have posted before about the need for churches (and the Church Universal) to become a community of believers. As I read about community in Acts, it seems that the communities grew together, not just as individuals in a group. God wants us to grow together. If talking, learning, and sharing with one another is part of that process, why aren't we doing it?

The purpose of this blog is to facilitate relevant conversations among Christians from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and traditions. We are the body of Christ! We need eachother! The Nazarene from California needs the Lutheran from Flordia who needs the Catholic from France who needs the Methodist from Scotland and so on and so on. We all have some things right and some things not as much. We need to grow together.

In the same way, we need to grow together in our local churches. The teenager who just met Christ last year needs the senior citizen who has been growing in his faith for sixty years. The senior citizen also needs that teenager. We give eachother new perspectives to see the same Savior. That is why God has called us into community!

Do you feel that you are able to express your doubts and fears about Christianity with Christian peers? Are you able to ask questions about things that you don't understand? Have you talked with someone who is a long-time Christian recently? A new Christian?

What do you think about conversations?

2 comments:

  1. Amen. Conversations are the future of the Church. I think we have made too many topics taboo for too long, and many people are afraid of expressing doubts, questioning, confessing, and participating because of fear of judgement and the expectation that we should all have the answers figured out by now. We don't. The best we can do is try and grow together and make decisions together. I recently read an article in The Economist about how social animals (like honeybees) make decisions on where to nest. You can read it on my blog: EinGedanke. I think we could take a few points from them.

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  2. David, how do you suggest that we help make a change? I am in agreement with you, but how can we encourage these conversations to start happening in our local church? How do we included all ages?

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