Bible Text: Ephesians 5:25-32 | Preacher: Jared Friesen | Series: SYNERGY – Ethos of Kingdom Life
Jared Friesen has been serving as our pastoral intern since September. His main focus has been working with Scott in the area of what it means to nurture a biblical community environment. This morning, Jared will share with us a few nuggets from Scripture around this important subject.
“Community is deeply grounded in the nature of God. It flows from who God is. Because God is community, he creates community. It is his gift of himself to humans. Therefore, the making of community may not be regarded as an optional decision for Christians. It is a compelling and irrevocable necessity, a binding divine mandate for all believers at all times” (Gilbert Bilezikian, Community 101, p. 27). As with all things that are from God, we can find them challenging to attain, but only because God knows their invaluable worth. At the same time, they are unfathomably beautiful and precious. Community is a profound mystery and a privilege that God desires for all of us.