Most people think the Church is a Biblical Community.

However, for that to be true, the people who make up the Church actually need to practice Biblical Community.

Biblical community is not merely a gathering of people who agree with the Bible (although this is required). Biblical community is sharing life together in ways that reflect the biblical picture of care and love. It is to fulfill the many “one another” passages God placed in His Word.

Romans 12:10  Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:16  Live in harmony with one another

Romans 15:7  Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you

2 Corinthians 13:11  Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace

Ephesians 4:2  With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you

Ephesians 5:19  Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs

Ephesians 5:21  Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ

Colossians 3:16  Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom

1 Thessalonians 5:11  Encourage one another and build up one another

1 Thessalonians 5:15  See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another

Hebrews 3:13  Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened
by the deceitfulness of sin

Hebrews 10:24  Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works

James 5:16  Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another

1 Peter 4:9  Show hospitality to one another without grumbling

1 Peter 4:10  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another

1 Peter 5:5  Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another

1 John 4:11  If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another

Dustin Willis wrote this article for the Challies Blog entitled “Living on Mission through Biblical Community”. He writes,

“We can’t choose Jesus and not choose the church. They’re a package deal. That’s because God never intended for us to live out the Christian life alone.”

Is biblical community something you have thought about?

How do you make provision for it?

If you don’t, what is the reason?

Do you think this issue is important to God?

Do you see biblical community as a blessing for you and for others?

If you are committed to biblical community, what are some creative new ways to walk in it?


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