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Loving People Fill Their Design for Community

May 19, 2014

Robin Hood LaneTheme: Community

Title: Neighbors

Location: Robin Hood Lane, Edmonds

Notes:

  • We are dedicated to living in faith and honoring God with our everyday words and actions. Our church family is our community and we are all called to learn from each other, and encourage and inspire each other.
  • With all the glory of His heavenly father on His side, Jesus still assembled a group of 12 like-minded men to become his disciples. Loving God is an act of community, not an act of isolation.
  • According the dictionary, communities can exist on vastly different scales:
    • 1 : a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
    • 2 : a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
    • 3 : a group of nations
  • When we think of our church, we think of us having the same core beliefs. To some extent that intersects with “interests” (love and obey God, and model our lives after Jesus’ example). These interests are externally focused, and are inclusive of everyone on the Earth. However, when it comes to the other two examples that are mentioned – religion and race – reality shows that these seem to divide God’s children more often than to unite them. We need to intentionally cultivate community that invites all people in.
  • On the micro end of the scale, even in our own body and mind we represent a community of personas. How are we shaping the “community of our own soul?” How well integrated are the values we represent in church, at home, at work, in school, and in public? Does the community of our personas live in harmony, or do our lives resemble the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
  • We cannot always control how our community evolves. Will we accept a person next door who doesn’t look like us or speak our language?  Will we accept a coworker who challenges our beliefs, or dismisses our God as an old fashioned notion? How do we press in with kindness? How do we allow God the room he has allocated, and not need to control the situation?
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    May 19, 2014 7:38 AM

    Marcel,
    I love reading your posts. They really make me stop and think about what the message means and how I’m to live it out.

    Thanks so much.
    Julie

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