From 1 Corinthians 1:10-25. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). Surely this statement is true, but it also prompts more questions about faith. What is the nature of faith? What are the essentials of Christian faith? How can our faith unite us? How might it divide us?
From Acts 15:1-21. Theology is a quest for knowledge about God and a parallel inquiry concerning how to follow God. Theology is not boring ideas; it is life in action. Theology is developed in a community with real-life situations full of human conflict, passion, and conviction. This passage is an example of theology which is shaped in conflict, guided by the Spirit, and crafted in community. This is a story that continues to happen today.
From John 15:1-17. Food and water are absolutely essential ingredients for physical life. However, when it comes to spiritual life, there is another essential ingredient. Jesus teaches in John 15 that in order to “stay alive” you must “remain in the vine,” because “I am the vine and you are the branches.”
1 Timothy 1:12-17. I & II Timothy and Titus have been called the Pastoral Epistles because they were written to individuals in pastoral ministry rather than to a church. Despite the differences between these and Paul’s other letters, there is still much to be learned here for the Christian community. We could all use some practical wisdom from God, so let’s think about the themes in these three letters.
Acts 2:42-47. Together, in community, we are called by God to care for each other and our community. Don’t stay on the fringe–you were made for community! Our lives together, our bearing of each others burdens, communal worship, and our witness to the world are all part of God’s purpose for us. Let us be good stewards of this community and God’s call to be missional people.
Romans 15:1-13. What is community, and how are we a part of it? Are you even open to community? How have others been part of your community?