Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
As a Christian, we need community. In fact, we were created to exist within community. God said in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for man to be alone.” As people, we thrive when we are in healthy relationships with other believers.
This past year, as a ministry, we have focused on what it means to Cultivate Christian Community. We have looked at our Identity and how we were created to reflect the image of God. We have looked at God’s design for the family unit and how Christian community exists and functions within the family and we have been looking at how cultivating Christian community ought to exist among the believers.
This is our last blog article for this theme: Cultivating Christian Community. Over the course of this past year we have experienced many difficulties that have challenged our understanding of Community: COVID-19, Racism, Riots, Political unrest, natural disasters, and many other things. While there are many opinions and ideas about all of these things, one thing remains true and constant, we must continue to Cultivate Christian Community. This generation needs it now more than ever.
It is God’s design that within the borders of Christian community, we will grow. In Ephesians 4:11-12 we read, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: It is when we come together and work together that the whole body is edified (strengthened) and where people will grow both emotionally and spiritually.
As we transition from our 2020-21 theme of Cultivating Christian Community to our new 2021-22 theme of “Battle Plan for the Family”, we invite you to begin to think about all the ways satan attempts to destroy Christian community. With his divisive strategies, we must be ready to engage in the battle. The battle is for our brethren, our sons, our daughters, our wives and our homes. (See Nehemiah 4:14).