“Community” is not just a loaded postmodern word. It is biblical and should be life for believers – “for we are members of one another”(Eph. 4:25). Thought I’d share a quote or two once again. Challenging to be sure, and right up the weakness alley for good reason.
“Community is the place where our limitations, our fears and our egoism are revealed to us. We discover our poverty and our weaknesses, our mental and emotional blocks, our affective or sexual disturbances, our seemingly insatiable desires, our frustrations and jealousies, our hatred and our wish to destroy… An experience in prayer and the experience of being loved in community, which has become a safe place for us, allows us gradually to accept ourselves as we are, with our wounds and all the monsters. We are broken, but we are loved. We can grow to greater openness and compassion; we have a mission. Community becomes the place of liberation and growth.” – Jean Vanier
“We grow as we commune. Because information has been the sacred cow of the Protestant tradition, we have minimized the importance of community growth out of fear that the information will be compromised. Sadly, in doing so, the church has allowed the greatest stumbling block to be put in the path of the believer – the demand for growth without the support of community.” – Kyle Strobel