All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had (Acts 4:32 NLT).
Dictionary.com defines community as: a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists[i]
We are all part of a community. That’s how God created us to be. As noticed in many of our human anatomy, our bodies are built in community. This explains why we have two eyes, two ears, two lips, two nostrils, two hands, two feet, ten fingers and ten toes. The same applies to some organs within our bodies.
There are many reasons why God intended most of the organs of our bodies to be in community. The right hand takes care of the left and vice versa. The left eye supports the right, in case the right is damaged. Our ears, feet, toes and fingers are all vital to the overall function of our bodies.
Socially, God created us to live in community. This begins with the family unity. For example, a husband and his wife will multiply themselves through procreation. Their children and grandchildren will also do the same. Through marriages, trade, travel and pure adventure, villages could grow into towns and cities. As many people cluster in one locale, they tend to see themselves as one ethnic group, who are identified and defined by their language and place of origin.
The stretch of our common bond is exemplified in the way we support each other physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Because, people see themselves as one entity, they would come together to choose leaders who would represent their interests and fight to defend them when the need arises.
This explains why the Early Church saw the need to live in community by coming together to support each other. After the death of Jesus, the Church was faced with great hostility. Many Christians were physically harassed and persecuted. Some of them were imprisoned and killed. It was therefore wise on the part of the Church to live in community to support each other socially, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.
As they took care of each other’s needs, they tacitly supported and advanced the cause of Christianity in a hostile environment. This strategy helped the Church to grow exponentially; and eventually, became a force to reckon with.
In our world today, it’ll be absurd for the leadership of any church to suggest to their members to sell whatever they have and bring the proceed to advance the cause of Christianity. That being said, we have to always remember that, we have a responsibility to people within the church as well as those outside of her. Our small acts of kindness would go a long way to put a smile on somebody’s face. This is more poignant in our world today as we see the negative effects of COVID-19 on many people. These simple acts of our community living would let people see Jesus physically walking on the streets of their neighbourhoods
Rev. Dr. & Rev. (Mrs.) Charles & Faustina Mantey
Disciples Revival Church
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My two new books titled: 1) Christianity As A Way of Life: Reflections on the Epistle of James. And
2) Jesus And The Seven Churches of Revelation.
were launched on Sunday November 24th 2019; and it was a huge success. Thank you for your prayers. These books will help you as study materials for your personal spiritual growth, small group, Sunday School or the whole congregation.
My other books titled: Understanding Love: Biblical & Cultural Perspectives, and African Spirituality: Did Africans Know God Before the Arrival of the Missionaries could be purchased from Amazon.com.
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