Welcome to Faith Connections Friday, as we connect the concept of community with faith.
Community plays an important role in Scripture. Three examples come to mind. First, millions of people traveled from Egypt through the wilderness to the promised land. Second, believers are encouraged to meet together for worship (Hebrews 10:25). Third, people from every nation gathered at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came, and the gospel was proclaimed in their own language (Acts 2:1-13).
The children of Israel traveled for over forty years and experienced many joys and hardships together. They learned how to work together, how to live together, and how to resolve differences together. Even in tough times, they developed an unique sense of community.
Jesus is the head of the Church, the body of Christ, and believers in Christ make up the body. We encourage one another through hearing the Word preached and taught, serving others, meeting needs, and worshiping together. The same principles apply today. We receive encouragement by worshiping and ministering with a community of believers.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised the Holy Spirit would come as the Helper to us. The Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost. People from every nation were present and witnessed hearing the gospel in their own language. As a result, many became believers, and returned to their homes to share the gospel with loved ones and people in their community.
Community is people coming together for a common purpose and in unity. People, though different in culture, are able to connect and brought together in unity.
Our Faith Connection: As you go about your week at home, work, visiting businesses and retail establishments, consider the ways you can connect with others through your faith.
Lord, we give You thanks for opportunities to connect with others. May I take the initiative to meet with someone that may need to hear of Your great love. In Your precious name, Amen.