Living in Community

RECOMMENDED READING

The Greatness Principle- Nelson Searcy

Are you stuck in your comfort zone? Are you searching for something greater? While it is easy to get comfortable with going about your business throughout the week and then showing up at church for an hour on Sunday, you are called to much more. Greatness, growth, and significance in the kingdom of God is found on the path of service. In this practical and inspiring book, Nelson Searcy motivates readers to take the next step on their journey toward maturity in Christ. As Searcy explains, if you're not serving, you're not growing. Whether you're already committed to multiple ministries or have just started attending church, he provides the tools you need to get connected through service.

Community:Building Relationships Within God's Family-Bill Hybels

Reap the rewards of close bonds with others. All of us hunger for genuine community—for meaningful relationships in our lives. Without community, we wither inside. Deep, transparent relationships help us grow into all God created us to be. In Community, you’ll learn how you can forge strong, meaningful ties with others and with God. You’ll find out how to move beyond superficial relationships and build lasting friendships. You’ll learn how to debug common, harmful relational “viruses” in yourself and set healthy boundaries that will protect you from the viruses of others. Finally, you’ll discover the importance of extending community to those who haven't experienced God’s love for them. Discover a richer depth in your relationships. Community will help you build friendship, marriage, and family bonds that are satisfying and lasting

SCRIPTURES

How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! 
Psalm 133:1

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Romans 12:4-5

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. 
Hebrews 10:24-25

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:13

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
1 Peter 3:8

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
Ephesians 4:3

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:5