As we choose to connect ourselves to a loving church based community, we get to see God at work transforming our lives. We learn to develop healthy, life giving relationships within church enabling us to develop the same with those in our communities.
We get to see God making us secure and confident in who we are, in our value, in our ability to provide friendship, in what we can add to others. God can begin to transform us through these relationships, when we step out in faith in a number of ways. This can happen when we are together regularly, when we choose to stick with each other and when together we serve each other.
Acts 2:42-47 says, They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
How can we cultivate a community like this? The early church was a community that shared their lives so freely with each other, one that meet regularly, worshipping together, serving together, loving their communities, opening their doors to those outside.