Transforming Our Community One Heart at a Time
Community is defined in Webster's 1828 Dictionary as "a society of people, having common rights and privileges, or common interests." One of the synonyms for community is congregation. Simply put, one of the descriptions of community in our vision statement would be "a congregation of believers having common interests."
There are numerous things that can be said about the congregation of believers God has brought together at FBC. I want to focus on one. We need each other. If we are going to move forward as a congregation, each of us must see ourselves as important and realize that we are an integral part of the community in which God has placed us. We need each other.
I want to share just a few verses of Scripture that will help us understand how important community is.
Romans 12:15-16 tells us "Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all" (NLT)
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 "All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (NLT).
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 "Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person fall, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken" (NLT)
We need each other. If we are to fulfill our vision, we must move forward as a congregation whose hearts are being transformed one at a time. We need each other.