7.01.2014

In the Word Link-Up & Community

As some of you may remember, Cassie and I made some changes to our link-up that start TODAY! We are so excited that you will be able to link-up all week now, not just on Tuesdays! All we ask is that your post is related to His Word (and preferably what you are learning) and that you link back to us using the NEW button below! We will continue sharing on social media, but now we will use #inthewordlinkup. Share your post on Twitter and I will re-tweet you! We can't wait to read all of your posts!



Lately, M and I have been talking a lot about community and what it means/looks like. When we first started dating, and he tried to tell me that Christian fellowship was just different from other friendships, I could not even grasp the concept. After all, friends are friends- right? Well, not exactly.

Now, I'm not saying that my non-Christian friends do not provide me with community, because they do and I genuinely love those friends. They don't, however, fully understand my relationship with God and how that impacts my everyday life. By no fault of their own.

The friends I have grown in community with, especially from the church, have taught me a different kind of friendship. They have taught me what it looks like to be selfless, to have a servant's heart, to lay down one's own desires for someone else, and to genuinely care about the state of someone's heart and struggles. Again, I am not saying my non-Christian friends are not these things because many of them are, the end goals are just different (pleasing God versus being a good person, etc.).

With all of the wedding craze that happened over the last month, I really saw our church community step up in a way that I have never felt before from a group of people. These people gave up their week nights to help us move things- because they wanted to serve. These people prayed over us and encouraged us when things were crazy and stressful- because they cared about the state of our hearts. These people called us out on the sin we were living in- because they wanted our marriage to have a solid foundation. These people shared in our triumphs and struggles- because they wanted to and not because they felt like they had to. These people sat next to me all day long while I got my hair and make-up done for my wedding (sacrificing time with their friends/spouses and their own time to get ready), ran stupid errands for me, answered vendor's questions so I didn't have to, prayed over me, and even stitched up my dress with their bare hands ten times- because they wanted our day to be perfect.

I am starting to wonder how any Christian can live outside of a community. If we aren't living in community, or in fellowship, are we really serving God? How can we grow in our relationship with Christ without the church to encourage us, pray for us, and call us out on our sin? I'm beginning to think no.

Before I found our church plant, and really became absorbed in our community, I was totally alright living out my faith for me. I didn't care about growing with others, as long as I was pursuing God myself (introvert much?). I had this so, so wrong. It's impossible to really grow in your relationship with God without fellowship. And honestly, why would you want to? Community brings so much to the table and God CALLS US to it. Does that mean we have to lay down our friendships with non-believers? Absolutely not (1 Corinthians 5:9-10). Does it mean that we might start feeling burdened for these non-believers? Most likely, yes.

What are your thoughts on community? Has it made a different in your personal walk with Jesus? If yes, how so? I would love to hear your thoughts. I would also encourage you to check out the hashtag #holdersnotfolders on instgram and learn more about it HERE.

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4 comments :

  1. Love this!! Community is just one of the many blessings that He has created for us. So glad I have you in my community, even if we don't live in the same community! HA!

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  2. Haha! I'm also learning community definitely does not need to be geographically close!

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  3. Community has always been something I loved. When I was first saved my community was so helpful, then they drifted a bit, partly my fault of course. I then switched church, and then life happened, and now I've been struggling to find a church I fit in. I miss having that bond of church community. Most of the churches I've attended are families, so they would always be a lot older than I. While this is not a bad thing, I would like to find other 20-somethings. I am on the search for a church that God is calling me too, because I agree, community is key.

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  4. That's awesome you have a newlywed small group- ours might as well be but it's also nice to have some single people to keep us sane haha

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