3 Thoughts About Community

Community takes all different forms, and it goes from surface level relationships centered on shared interests to intimate friendships where souls are opened and lives are deeply touched.  Even as an introvert who is occasionally sour, I enjoy the presence and the sharing of life with others, and I have been blessed with wonderful neighbors who love our family and share all they have with us; they have been a great support and encouragement for us.

Recently I've come across the conversation regarding community in three different places.

1.  I love this post by a great blogger and a friend from church, Becca Groves.  In the post she recounts he recent experience with her neighborhood community ---->  Neighborhood BBQ
My wife and neighbor host something like this every summer and it is an excellent way to bring people together, get to know those closest to you, and have a little fun.  As Christians who are called to make disciples of all nations, missional events like this create space to build relationships with non-believers so that one day you can share the Gospel with them.
2.  In this blog post by Pastor Joe Thorn he shares some insights from two different couples in his church.  They are young people who attend his church and he asks why they do so.  In both cases the experience of community plays a role ------> Why Millennials Are Coming to Church
I'm beginning to build some relationships at our church that I hope will create a space for being known, loved, served, and celebrated in the godly way I see the Bible teaching.  Stephanie and I have enjoyed opening up our home to new friends and beginning the process of sharing life with some of them.  This kind of community takes time and cannot be forced.  But like a great rack of ribs, there is much wonderfulness that comes if you take the time to do it right.
3.  Dr. Timothy Keller shared an interesting thought on Twitter when he wrote, "This is the generation most afraid of real community because it inevitably limits freedom and choice.  Get over your fear."
There's a lot to interact with in those 140 characters.  Any thoughts?