“God sets the solitary in families….” Psalms 68:6
There is an increasing societal trend toward individualism. In many ways, this cultural influence toward privatization leads to loneliness and indifferent associations. But God has always had a better plan. Throughout all of scripture, we see God bringing His work of salvation in and through communities and households. God has called us not only to be individuals who believe in Him but a Kingdom He oversees and a family that belongs to Him. He is our God and we are His people (Exodus 6:7). He has strategically formed and placed us into a body and invites us to live, worship, serve and grow in the context of community.
One of the most unique elements of Christianity is that we have a God who is both infinite and intimate. We do not have a distant, impersonal God. He is relational and welcomes us to be the same; with Him and with others. However, it is simpler sometimes to avoid deep fellowship in favor of a more privatized faith. God has called us to more! He has called us to experience Him in community, knowing that we are hard-wired relational beings desiring support and input, acceptance and belonging. Not only do we need others but others need us.
Graciously, God provided the structure of the local church as the primary avenue for Christian fellowship. In scripture, a commitment to Christ also includes a commitment to a visible community: Read the rest of this entry »