Summer of Community
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
(Psalm 34:2-3 ESV) see also 1 Peter 2:9-10
At the core of our Christian identity is reality that we are no longer orphans or strangers, but beloved children in God’s family. Our identity as God’s children means that we’re brothers and sisters with one another. As His family we’re called to declare and display his gospel message through the life we live together.
Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind as you live in community this summer.
BE AVAILABLE. As things slow down for the summer, we’re afforded an opportunity to spend time with folks in a less restrictive way. Our schedules open up and opportunities spend time together abound, so instead of filling your schedule with to do lists keep some space open to spend quality time with others.
BE INTENTIONAL. Use the time that you spend together to ask questions and get to know people at a deeper level. As you ask questions, really listen to the responses. Become familiar with the challenges and struggles in each other’s life and rejoice with one another.
BE PRAYERFUL. It’s no secret that our hearts are prone to stray from community, to be more content in isolation than in honest relationship. We have no remedy in ourselves to combat this self-centeredness; only the Spirit working in us can free us from the idol of self, so pray that He would. Pray that you’d have unexpected time to build relationships. Pray that you and others in your group would be willing to share life.
Our prayer is that this summer would be foundational for your group as you continue live out your identity as God’s beloved child and you declare and display his gospel! We’re praying that you’d rest well and be encouraged by the relationships God has surrounded you with.