Embracing the power of community

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 07:32 PM

 

The dictionary defines community as a group of people with a common background or with shared interests within society. The Bible defines church as one body with many members baptized in the Spirit of Christ. (Romans 12:12)

In essence, church is a community of people who share a common interest — a love for God, our heavenly Father. It is important for this community of believers to unify in fellowship while caring one for another.

There are many who do not understand the necessity of church membership and, therefore, have opted out of becoming a part of the Lord’s body. Church is not restricted to edifices or any other man-made structure but rather it consists of a community of believers who desire to join corporately to edify and encourage one another through the preached Word of God, prayer and worship. It is important that Churches work together in bringing this level of unity and commonality in our local communities.

Jesus’ vision for the New Testament Church was for men and women of different nationalities, backgrounds and races to draw strength from their common faith in a risen savior, which is Christ our Lord. There are many sound doctrines from the New Testament that we must continue to teach in order to restore the power, love and unity of the Lord’s Church. We must bring hope and light to the darkness of crime and despair that plagues our cities and communities.

The Word of God promises eternal life and also brings comfort to our hearts and spirits, despite the woes and burdens offered by the world. I believe that people and situations alike can change through the power of God’s Word and the fellowship of the church.

God has an unconditional love for his creation which was displayed for us by the sacrificial death of his Son, Jesus Christ. With that gift of love, not only is heaven available to you but also the ability to endure the trials of life, peace, the ability to love others unconditionally, financial prosperity, and wisdom to help us with daily decisions and circumstances. The bible is filled with wisdom and practical counsel for all of life’s dilemmas.

Because many have become discouraged with our economy, job market, financial depravity and the like; there is an increase in many departing from the faith. I want to encourage every reader that if you apply faith to your situation and learn to trust God even in difficult times such as these; that your situation will change.

The bible teaches that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. (Hebrews 11:1) So despite the burdens that some are faced with on today, there is hope in God. For many, your change will come as you apply faith. God is pleased when we operate in faith.

Our community is in need of revival and deliverance from economic strain, drug activity, violence and crime. The Church of Jesus Christ must be visible for the world to see. We must offer hope through the peace that only God can give. I encourage each of you to become a part of the Lord’s community, his own body.

My prayer for my local community is that we will experience an awakening and revival. That many people will confess Christ and experience a change in their life. I believe many souls will be saved this year by the preaching of the cross and that as a direct result of salvation that we will see young people aspire to complete high school and go onto higher learning, that jobs will come to our community, and that the crime rate will decrease.

I encourage believers from all backgrounds, denominations and races to join with me in prayer for our community to experience change this year.