Thinking About My Purpose
Point to Ponder: Community requires commitment.
Verse to Remember: “We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave his life for us. That means we must live our lives for other believers.” 1 John 3:16
Question to Consider: How can I help cultivate today the characteristics of real community in my small group and my church?
Answer: In order to cultivate the characteristics of real community in my church I must first know the characteristics of real community. The nine characteristics of real community are: authenticity (we will share our true feelings), mutuality (encourage each other), sympathy (support each other), mercy (forgive each other), honesty (speak the truth in love), humility (admit our weaknesses), courtesy (respect our differences), confidentiality (not gossip), and frequency (make group a priority). Knowing these is good thing but applying them is better. Many times as Christians we are able to talk the talk but fail to walk the walk. If we want to change this we must work on it daily. Fellowship is not just a one time thing or something we do every once in a while, if we truly desire real community we need to make it a top priority in our life. That means sometimes doing things for the benefit of the community as a whole and not just yourself. If we do this real community will find us.
Categories: Purpose Driven Life