In a quote by Andy Stanley from his book, Creating Community, he explains what God has called the church, you and I, to be about: creating environments where authentic community can take place. Building relational, transforming communities where people are experiencing oneness with God and oneness with one another. Creating communities that are so satisfying and so compelling that they create thirst and desire in a watching world. (Creating Community, Stanley and Willits, pp. 39 – 45)
I love that quote. As you look at the New Testament, it was clear that the early Church experienced community, sharing and encouraging one another to grow in their faith. As Hebrews 6:1 says, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity.” And one means of growth and maturity is through Christian community.
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