Community

It’s been said “You are what you eat.” I’m not entirely sure I understand that quote since I eat Mexican food about 4 times a week and my Spanish is still lacking considerably.

I recently ran across this quote though

“You are who you hang out with.” – unknown

This one I can wrap my mind around. I’ve watching in my life and the lives of others the truth of this statement become the reality.

Relationships are so important for all of us. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between the relationships we have help shape our identity, experiences, and often our self-worth.

In a different context we read in Genesis 2:18 where God said

“It is not good for man to be alone…”

It is with that in mind that I challenged our campus on Sunday related to community and the church. Intentionally connecting our lives to one another. The primary arm of our church to do this is Life Groups. These are groups of approximately 12 people meeting in homes and businesses throughout the community, usually 1 or more times a month.

However, my purpose in writing this is not to get you to sign up for Life Groups at our church. I wonder how you view your life. Do you view it through the lens of individuality or in the context of others?

I said it this way Sunday:

Because we know the names Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, David, Esther, Nehemiah, Jesus, Peter, Paul, Timothy and John we may assume that God is into the stories of individuals…and He is.

But we forget that Adam’s story was incomplete without Eve.

Noah’s story wasn’t about solitude but about his family being saved on that boat

Abraham’s covenant with God was about generations of people

Joseph’s dream was about the salvation of his family and his people

Moses led millions of people out of captivity

Joshua led their kids into the promise

Rahab overcame her reputation by saving Israeli spies

David ruled a nation by rallying an army of outcasts

Esther was chosen for the palace to speak on behalf of her people who had to remain silent

Nehemiah rebuilt a wall to protect his people from their enemies

Jesus recruited 12 disciples

Peter received a vision and took the Gospel to the Gentiles

Paul planted churches filled with people across the known world

Timothy was his protege

John received a vision so people would know about the future

Every story in Scripture has similar qualities. It’s all about community.

Because we talk in the church about your personal relationship with God you may think God is only concerned with individuals…but we forget that your story is about others too.

What would happen if you expanded your thoughts beyond “What is happening to me?” to “How can what’s happening to me help someone else?”

You were created for community. Take the risk. Find people to do life with.

If you’d like to hear Sunday’s message click HERE.

 

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Jeremy Isaacs

Lead Pastor at Canton Church
Jeremy is husband to Corrie, father to Cooper, Branson, Tucker and Kinley, and Lead Pastor of Canton Church in Canton, GA. He enjoys reading, writing, speaking, coaching Pastors and leaders, playing golf and watching Netflix with Corrie after the kids go to bed.

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