In case you missed it, this past Sunday we talked a lot about what it actually means to ‘be the church.’ You’ve probably heard that phrase before as we close our services. It’s on the front page of our website. Klint went in-depth and described what it looks like to actively be the church, serve the body, and become part of community. Community should be like a family, a group of people united in their love for Christ and their support and guidance for one another. If you haven’t heard his sermon, Klint does a great job of explaining this well. You can listen to it here. For now though, we can take some time to answer questions about why community is so valued and what it looks like here at CBC.
Why is community important?
The Bible teaches that God reconciles and connects us to himself and in that we are also connected to one another. All through the Bible, there are commands to love, serve, bless, and live in relationship with “one another.” We believe that means we should gather corporately with the church and go deeper in relationships with a smaller group of people. The text that we covered on Sunday was the first portion of Philippians 2, and that passage encapsulates this well.
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2: 1-5
What makes Community Groups different at CBC?
Community Groups at CBC are smaller groups of people who regularly gather and are intentionally committed to helping one another follow Jesus. This does not mean that community group is the only way to have these relationships, but at CBC it is the primary way we foster this type of strong, healthy biblical community.
We hope this information helps. If you weren’t able to meet our group leaders this past Sunday and are interested in groups, you can email our Connections Coordinator Tim Doane at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. For more information, check out this video below from members involved in groups!