When the Bible talks about community, it pertains to being part of a body of believers that we call the local church. Staying faithful to the community that we belong to is not always easy. Being in relationship can be complicated because, as people, we have our differences. Sometimes, it seems like the drawbacks outweigh the benefits of being in community with fellow believers.
However, as Christians, we are called to be a part of a body. The Bible teaches us that we are not meant to function alone. We cannot grow without each other and that is why we are commanded to be in fellowship with one another.
The community according to the Scriptures
A community is more than just about gathering together for fellowship. It is not just about going to the church just because we are used to doing it or because our parents asked us to go. It is about committing ourselves to grow with our brothers and sisters in faith and being one with them.
Scriptures talk about the Christian community as a community of sharing. Being part of it means sharing your daily life with Christ and His entire community. It moves us from being isolated to opening up and being consistent about it.
We often hear about the most common teachings in the bible about the community: love one another, forgive each other, be kind and understanding, help each other in times of need, and pray for each other. Again, this is not always easy. But the community, according to the scripture, urges us to convert and fully commit ourselves to our life with God.
Inspiring bible verses to help you connect with your community
Keep in mind that everyone in the community has purpose. Here are some of the bible verses to help you renew your thoughts and feel connected.
Love and forgiveness in the community
The Bible tells us that love and forgiveness should always be present in the community. As we cannot function alone, we need to relate to the people around us. How the can we love our fellow Christians? By offering kindness, support, and help.
- I’m giving you a new commandment…to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (John 13:34)
- Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. (Romans 12:10)
- Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
- Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:2-3)
God as one with the community
God, through Christ, always reminds us that He is with us and with our community. He belongs to us and we belong to each other as members of the community.
- "And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people" (Leviticus 26:12).
- Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. (Romans 12:4-5)
- So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Fellowship and unity in the community
God created us to be part of the community. He teaches us to anchor one another in faith, love, and unity. The bible urges us to be united in fellowship and worship the Lord as one.
- Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)
- Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form. (Philippians 2:4-7)
- "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:2-5)
- May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. (Romans 15:5-7)