This week we have guest writers. Today we have our weekly Thursday “guest” writer Noah Barfield. May God speak to you through this writing and pull you closer into community with himself and others!
The Power of Community
Today I want us to look at something found continuously throughout scripture. This thing I am talking about is the power of community. Humans were created to live in community. This goes back all the way to Genesis chapter 2 “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him…. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.” God created us as humans to be social beings who need community with each other and especially with Him.
The early church knew this truth well and practiced it diligently. In the early chapters of Acts, we see believers coming together and being devoted to one another. They ate with one another, provided for one another, and loved one another as Christ loves us. They were committed to doing life together as believers in Jesus Christ and many came to know God’s love and power through their obedience. But community is not just powerful to those on the outside, it is also tremendously powerful for those who engage in it. I could sit here for hours and talk about countless verses where the community of the early believers helped strengthen, encourage, and provide for one another, but I am going to focus on a specific example that the Lord showed me this week in Acts chapter 12. Because this section of verses is rather long I will be using the NBV(Noah Barfield Version) to paraphrase the story. I encourage you to read the actual translation now or after reading this post.
So in this chapter Peter is arrested by Herod and is awaiting execution. The night before he is to be executed an angel from the Lord appears in his jail cell and leads him out of the prison and into safety. Upon realizing what has happened Peter goes straight to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where MANY believers were GATHERED TOGETHER and were PRAYING for him.
The power of community. The power of faithful believers coming together before God in earnest prayer for one of their own. God heard their plea and glorified himself through their faithfulness by bringing Peter back to them.
We were created for community. And not the fake community through a screen that “Social Media” creates. We were created for real, pure, genuine, loving community where we live loving God and loving one another with everything that we have.
Who are you in community with?
What’s one way you can strengthen the community that you have with those around you this week?
What’s one way you can show love to your brothers and sisters in Christ this week?
Ask God to give you a heart for Him and for those He has placed in your life.
“42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 ESV