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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Where two or more are gathered

by Nelson Roth
Christian community happens when followers of Christ get together.  On Sundays, believers gather for the corporate experience of worship and the word.  Throughout the week as life goes on, believers share life in various ways with one another.  These times together can be awesome, and what makes them uniquely special is the presence of the Lord!  Whether the gathering is large or small, when Christ, by his Spirit shows up, there is an awareness that you’re connected with God during that time of community.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”  Matthew 18:20

Christ has promised to be “with us always.”  And, yes the presence of God happens when we’re alone with him, but we also need the community experience and the impact it has.  The Word teaches us that we - “are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”  Ephesians 2:19-22
  • When believers are in community - Christ is revealed!
As a pastor, I remember being overly sensitive at times about visitors coming to church for the first time.  My concern was whether they would be comfortable or understand our singing and praise time.  Interestingly, a visitor actually helped me to get over that when he said after a worship service that he wasn’t familiar with all that took place in the service; but that he sensed the presence of God.  Then he took the next incredible step saying, “My experience today made me realize that I really don’t know God and I want to receive Christ as my Savior!” 

Through this experience, I got beyond being overly sensitive and learned to trust Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit who is in our midst and impacts us when we, as  believers, are gathered together in community.  “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John 12:32

  • Are you a believer? 
  • As a believer, how do you experience Christian community? 
  • When you gather with two or more, how have you been personally impacted by Christ being revealed?
Community is one of the evidences of what Relevant Ministry calls - the "7 Marks of Spiritual Health".  RM Coaching helps to assess all 7 Marks, providing an insightful check-up for personal spiritual health.  The RM team is writing about all 7 Marks, focusing on one topic a month with a new Blog article each week.  The topic this month is Community.  Please feel free to comment and join in on the conversation.

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