I entered the world of blogging through a post by Mark Galli about corporate worship. The post and the ensuing comments stirred a passion in me for community, shifting the lens through which I view life. The question that lingered with me from that experience is this: How much of our Bible do we interpret from an individual perspective, when the message was intended for the Body? We live in a culture that values individualism and self-dependence. Even in Christian rhetoric, we talk about my walk, God’s will for my life, my personal relationship with him, etc. I don’t mean to say that God does not care about us individually, but how much of the Bible are we interpreting (without even realizing it) to be for me, instead of us?
Last night I sat at a community group dinner and listened to a speaker talk about the theological basis for community. Our pastor also discussed it during his sermon Sunday morning. The bottom line is this: Community is part of our design. In the beginning, God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” (emphasis, of course, is mine). God, within the Trinity, exists in community. In making us in his image, we also are created to be in community.
So I’d love to hear your thoughts or what you learned this past Sunday that’s sticking with you!