Created for Community
We are designed for community. Without relationships we cannot flourish. The gospel motivates us towards community. Instead of drifting towards isolation or unhealthy dependence, we are called into a healthy interdependence as the body of Christ. We must enter relationships with humility (sober judgement) and a commitment to sincere love.
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection.
1. Have you experienced being a part of a healthy community? What was the community? What characteristics made it healthy?
2. Paul uses the analogy of the body of Christ in Romans 12. What is your favorite analogy or illustration in the bible? Why?
3. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. How does this passage enhance your understanding of what being the body of Christ means?
4. The love of God should motivate us towards relationships characterized by love. Have you ever tried to make a change in your life because you were motivated out of guilt instead of love? What happened?
5. Where do you naturally gravitate towards on the spectrum below? How can you work towards healthy interdependence? Isolation—- healthy interdependence —-unhealthy dependence
6. As you reflect on the characteristics of sincere love outlined in Romans 12:9-13, which areas do you think your community group is strong in? Where do you need to improve?
7. What next step might you take this year to better engage the community at Hope?