As we prepare to begin another year it is a good time to reflect. I am asking some questions . What kind of community are we going to be? What kind of community does God see us becoming?
We are a gathered community of people who meet on Sundays and in small groups through the week. We are gathered because of Jesus and many of us would say we are His disciples. How then should we live? How do we follow Him? How do we love one another well? What does that look like? How do we handle conflict well? What does it mean to be people walking in step with His Spirit?
We have articulated some thoughts on this already:
We are a community growing in being a blessing. We understand that God has so richly blessed us and invites us to offer blessing wherever we find ourselves.
We understand that belonging to a community is good for all of us as God says many times in scripture and secular psychologists now articulate clearly. Belonging allows for blessings to flow in many directions.
What we believe about ourselves influences our actions ( Behave) I am loved by God therefore I don’t have to perform to win his approval, for example. I work from grace not work for grace.
As we live this out day by day we are becoming, God willing, the human God intended and the community that brings Him glory.
Are you someone determined to follow Jesus in 2018 in this community? I am.