What Is A “Community”?

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Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Romans 12:10-13

You hear the word ‘community’ used a lot these days. Sometimes it means a neighborhood. More often it refers to a group with similar skin color, belief, social
position, or practice, as opposed to a geographical location. Paul gave his readers a prescription for building a community. It would have at its core an unfeigned love and goal things that are good and not evil. Sadly, most so-called Communities today would fail on these aspects alone. He goes on to remind us that love, honor, service, rejoicing, enduring difficulty, prayer, generosity and hospitality are key ingredients.

Of what community am I part? Am I fully participating with diligence and fervor? Do others want it?

God, the greatest community is the common unity You created in the church and body of believers. Help me be one who is a vital participant and to experience the benefits You intended. Thank you for Crossroads and the other Bible teaching churches in Corona. Please strengthen our communities in the way You desire.

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