What is Christian Community?

R. C. Sproul, Jr., has a great answer as to why we struggle with a lack of community within the church:

“We don’t know what community is, and more still we don’t know where to find it because we think of it as something we consume rather than something we produce. We complain that our local church lacks community in the same way we complain that our SUV gets bad gas mileage. We weigh our church’s community quotient against the next church down the street, add it up with our relative program scores, and then determine which brand will get our business. The truth is that you no more “find” community than you “find” a campfire. Both are things that we build, and then invite others to draw warmth.  Community isn’t what happens when you receive, but when you give. It is life abundant, which we only get when we die to self. There is the real rub. We don’t have community because we want it to be convenient, clean, and comfortable. Campfires are rarely convenient. They are never clean, and are only comfortable if we don’t feed them…All it takes [to have community] is a willingness to allow things to get a little messy. A willingness to allow time to slow down. All it takes is a willingness to give. All you have to do is die.” (from his Kingdom Notes email – subscribe here).

SDG,
Ezra

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ThatLiberal on November 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Excellent, thanks.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Jon Richards on November 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    we need more of what RC, Jr is saying down here in gwinnett !
    there’s community involvement, and there’s there’s “community involvement”
    we struggle to do any outreach, but have recently sponsored ‘Alethia’ Forums with speakers, like Joel Belz, islam expert, etc, , and invites to local area, schools, colleges, etc. and have gotten some interest
    Jon

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