Community is…

FAMILY – A community is a group of believers who live and experience life together like a family. They treat one another as children of God deeply loved by the Father in everything – sharing their money, time, resources, needs, hurts, successes, etc… They know each other well. This knowledge includes knowing each other’s stories and having familiarity with one another’s strengths and struggles.

 They speak the gospel truth to one another, regularly building each other up in love and accountable to each other. They also love the people around them as if they were part of the family, inviting them to experience life in the family of God. (John 1:11-13; Rom. 12:10-16; Eph 5:1-2)

 MISSIONARIES – God’s family is also sent out to proclaim the good news of the kingdom – the gospel – and fulfill the commission of Jesus. A community is more than a bible study, a Sunday service or a small group that cares for other believers.

A community is made up of Spirit-led and filled people who radically reorient their lives together for the mission of making disciples where there is no consistent gospel witness. This means people’s schedule, resources and decisions are now collectively built around reaching people together. (Matt. 3:16-4:1; Jn. 20:21; Acts 1:8)

 SERVANTS – A community serves those around them as though they are serving Jesus. Living as servants to the King who serve others as he served, presents a tangible witness to Jesus’ kingdom and the power of the gospel to change lives. A community serves in such a way that it demands a Gospel explanation – lives that cannot be explained in any other way than by the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus. (Matt. 20:25-28; Jn. 13:1-17; Phil. 2:5-11; 1 Pet. 2:16)

 DISCIPLES – We are all learners of Jesus who has given us his Spirit to teach us all that is true about Jesus and enable us to live out his commands. Jesus commanded us to make disciples who believe the gospel, are established in a new identity and are able to obey all of his commands (Matt. 28:19-20). The community is the best context in which this can happen.

 Disciples are made and developed:

  1. Through life on life, where there is visibility and 
  2. In their community, where they can practice 
the one another
  3. On mission where they learn how to proclaim the gospel and make disciples.