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Community is Compelling

July 14, 2015

Near the end of Acts chapter 4 one finds a group of people who were united in heart and mind, who shared everything they had with each other, so that there was not a needy person among them. From time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales to the leaders who distributed it to anyone in need. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of that kind of community? Maybe some of you have been… Any “Jesus People” from the early 70’s? Any “community gardens” people? I believe one reason the tv show “Friends” was such a success in the early 90’s was because it sought to convey true community. Who wouldn’t want to be part of this kind of community that shares their possessions, watches out for the poor and needy, sees God do miracles and people coming to Christ as they testify about Him? Where real community exists, it is compelling. It draws people in. It makes them curious. Everyone wants to be a part of a real, genuine, community. When people are genuinely caring for one another, sharing with each other, both of material possessions as well as caring for one another in compassion, sympathy, and prayer, people are attracted. When Christ is not part of the equation, community/friendship is welcoming. When underlying this togetherness is the Holy Spirit’s work uniting us all in Christ, true Christian community is desirable, attractive, and compelling.

This is part 1 of a three part blog post.

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