And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25 (emphasis added)
Community at LPBC
If you were asked if there’s a strong sense of community in our church body, how would you respond? Do visitors to our church see community in action? What will our new pastor Jeff Jackson and his family discover about church community their first year here at LPBC?
May we suggest that we have some room for improvement in this area? Now, we’re not saying that everyone in our church is totally disengaged and living their own independent lives. But based on our observations, as well as conversations with many of you, we are suggesting that there is a general sense of disconnectedness.
Is this a bad thing? Yes! When we become Christians, we not only identify with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, but we also become members of God’s family, the church. And as the church, we have both the privilege and responsibility to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Eph. 5:21) and to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another” (Heb. 10:24-25). This is good and necessary for each of us as we live life together and progress through Christ’s sanctifying work in us.
In his blog How to Build Community in Your Church, Daniel Darling* offers five very effective ways that we as church members can help create community: (1) attend the potlucks, (2) host other people at your home, (3) help someone move, (4) get involved in a ministry, and (5) know and pray over the needs of others. We would like to suggest two additional ways: (6) study Scripture alongside fellow believers during the Sunday 9:30am electives offerings and (7) become an active member of a Shepherd Group.
How do we evaluate our own participation in these items? As we do so, let’s not just evaluate our actions – let’s evaluate our hearts. And out of a heart full of love, let’s respond accordingly. Let’s remember the gospel and allow that to fuel our actions to love our church.
Why don’t we each commit to the seven items above? There are many, many opportunities in which we can participate in the life of our church and thereby build relationships and a vibrant community here at LPBC. New Sunday 9:30am electives start the first Sunday in September. Our church picnic is Saturday September 12th. Loving workers are needed for the nursery. Evangelistic and outreach opportunities abound.
If you are not already investing in, and committing to, the life of our church, why not start now, for the glory of God and for your love of the fellow believers in Christ at LPBC?
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! – Psalm 133:1
*Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention.