This weekend we had our annual Church camp and the Lord used it to remind me of how important it is to have a strong community of Godly friends. This is especially true for me as a single missionary and all those sent foreign countries with the Gospel, but the same could be said individuals not involved in ministry.
Unfortunately most of us don’t experience that kind of community until forced to slow down for a few days. Thats why I am so thankful for Church amp because it reminded me of the wonderful friendships that God has provided in Australia, relationships that give me the strength to continue serving Him here.
I do thank the Lord for the people of Cornerstone Baptist Church have not only become a community of friends, but truly a family for me. But the weekend also placed a burden in my heart to add others to that family of Believers. There are many in the surrounding community of Craigieburn who crave the kind of fellowship that I experienced over the weekend but can never find it with their unsaved friends. Its our responsibility as Believers to not only take the time to experience community but also invite others to become part of it with us.
Some Believers take community and make it the most important thing, higher than Doctrine or a personal relationship with Christ, others overlook community altogether and instead focus on Doctrine. I believe that community is a crucial part of the Church because it not only encourages Believers, but is an amazing outreach to the unsaved as well. The hard thing about true community is that it takes time and lots of hard work, but in the long run it will develop memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.