I have been really focused on community and what it means and honestly how it affects my walk with Christ. I keep looking to Scripture and seeing how Jesus and the Disciples were together most of the time. They did life together. Today we are not quite as physically close in community as we once were but through things like social media we can still have community together and even deep relationships. Now I know so many people feel that social media is pulling people more apart but is it really? If it weren’t for FB, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, google etc…I wouldn’t be able to see those awesome pics of people I knew from high school just because I do not physically live in Texas any more.
I think what has to happen is that we have to redefine what community is based on the things we have today and also the Scripture backing we have. Let’s look at it…Acts 2:42-27
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Here in this passage we get a glimpse of true community…Fellowship, teaching, communion, meals, prayer, support, accountability etc. Now, I am on a couple different leadership teams and also some accountability groups. I know what it means to be physically in community. I am also starting a new faith community that is grounded in being around tables in community as well as church. However, what I realize is that we are not limited to physical interaction to be in community. We can have an online presence of community and still have the same interactions that the Acts 2 passage talks about. We can have fellowship online in conversation or through messaging. We can use facetime or skype. We can share a meal together even online. Funny when you see someone’s attempt at a meal and you see the family attempting to eat it, you feel you are there with them. Just not as much on the tasting of the “good” food. We can pray together. I have had more prayer conversations online than in person just because of overall availability of either party. We can support, hold accountable etc etc from an online presence as well as in person.
So this leads me to an overwhelming thought. Instead of trying to fit people into a dynamic that we feel best as community why not develop other opportunities for people to be in community. It may be the only way that vs. 47 gets accomplished. If God is the one saving people, then why shouldn’t we be giving people the opportunity in any capacity we can. It is time to rethink community.