What are some groups where you have a real sense of belonging?
- Church, Family, Social groups, etc.
What is it about those groups that helps you feel connected?
• There is probably some level of investment.
• There is probably some level of sharing or interaction with others
The church is the most important community we can be connected to. It helps us form relationships that will last forever. Scripture offers us insights into forming deep communities of faith. In fact, the first century church was able to reach nearly the entire world at the time without the aid of all the technological advances we have today. One of the reasons they were able to do this was through connecting people to meaningful communities of faith.
Just after Peter’s sermon at Pentecost, 3000 people were baptized into the first Christian community (Acts 2:38-41). In the very next verse there is a word that is the key to community:
They devoted themselves. How important is devotion when it comes to the most important things in life? It is essential.
What happens to the things we are not very devoted to? We tend to drop them as the time requirements of our lives put other things we are devoted to in their place.
When our lives are shared in the Spirit we develop deeper relationships with each other and with God. We form communities of faith people can identify with and feel welcomed into.