Community! How would you define it? A place? A group with similar interests or attributes? Maybe it's hard for you to define but you know it when you see it!
God didn’t intend for us to live in alone. He specifically designed us to crave—and thrive in—relationship with others. We’re our best selves when we’re experiencing life’s highs and lows with others. That means everyone needs community.
The Bible has a lot to say about this topic!
Community is ENCOURAGING.
Being in community gives you the chance to be around people at different stages of their faith journey—and to bear their burdens alongside them (Galatians 6:2). That’s awesome, because everyone has something to teach and to learn. In fact, it creates the ideal environment to be a Barnabas (friend), pursue a Paul (teacher), or train a Timothy (student).
Community is FUN.
Psalm 133:1 (NIV) tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Our culture can sometimes portray Christians as a pretty boring bunch. But that couldn’t (or shouldn’t) be further from the truth! Believers can be goofy, witty and just really fun to be around. Yes, community has a higher purpose. But it should also be fun!
Community grows LOVE.
Paul held love above all else in his letter in 1 Corinthians 13. And he did the same with his letter to the Colossians: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:13–14 NIV).
Confirmation is about community!
We grow in faith together. We need each other. We are better together. Sometimes in a big church it's hard to know others or be known. This winter and spring confirmation class will have different opportunities to meet some new faces at First Lutheran and to be know.
Confirmation students should complete the work at the link below as we begin to share our lives with the church family at First Lutheran.