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A Christian community is produced by the shared life of Christ and the reality of His presence among us. There is no real community apart from the presence of the Living Christ. He alone is our peace who breaks down every wall.

As a witnessing and worshiping community we know that the Father has called us to live together as a family. Our purpose statement clearly states that we are a “Visionary Family of Worshiping Warriors”. From the beginning of our ministry we have desired to create and maintain the core value of family. We understand that our life together in community under the Lordship of Christ has the compelling power to move a watching world toward faith in Him! It is also in this context of our shared life in Christ that the gifts of the Spirit are manifested to bring healing to broken hearts, and let the oppressed go free. Responsibility to our world and to one another, freedom and healing in Christ and security in the Father’s love is what community is all about. When we know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the presence of the fellowship of the Holy Spirit than the reality of Christian Community is made possible.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
…For there the LORD bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”
~Psalm 133:1-3~

 

As wonderful Christian Community can be under God’s bestowed blessing we can also know it’s opposite. We can know the breakdown of relationships and the resulting disunity and disorder brought on by unresolved conflicts and misunderstandings among us. These experiences can leave us all gasping for fresh air and retreating to our own little safe place to hide. Wise Solomon said it well when he said, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Surely, Solomon must have lived in community and knew that each one of us has responsibility when it comes to living together.
The New Testament says it like this:

“And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up, stimulate and incite to love and helpful deeds and noble activities.”(Hebrews 10:24) Amplified Bible.

“Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of the Spirit in the binding power of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) Amplified Bible.

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His son, purifies us from all sin.” (1John 1:7)

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)NIV

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:12-17) NIV