Football season is upon us which means that many of you have lost at least 4 hours from your weekends until the end of the year. During your time watching these games (even if you are forced to...out of love for your family members), take a moment to look on the sideline at the players not on the field. Once you get over how many there are, look at what they are doing. Some may be stretching and warming up. Others are having a conversation with one another. However, the vast majority are standing watching their teammates on the field play the game, waiting for the signal to go on the field themselves, or discussing strategy with a coach. Each one is focused on some level on the common goal, winning the game.
When I think about community in the church, I think of a similar picture. We are not all on the field playing the game, but we are all a part of it. We are not all doing the same thing, but each of us are contributing towards a common goal. We are together, literally, but also in our mindset. Pastor Anthony spoke of this idea of community from Acts 2:42-48 this Sunday. Community is how we strive towards that our common goal, being Christlike. It’s how we cheer each other on as we succeed and fail. We call that spiritual growth. And finally, it’s how we are built up into the body of Christ that will inhabit the new earth (heaven)!
-Devin & Sarah Q’berry