Life Together

by Mary Beth on September 20, 2012

Life together in biblical community can hold a great deal of impact in life,

especially the value of living life together.

To reminisce over the years, how God’s faithful hand of providence

gave me a fresh appreciation

for my cherished sisters and brothers in Christ.

This view of life together continues to mature my

faith, soul, and friendships while involved in group settings

for prayer, worship, and in our ordinary everyday life.

Youth With a Mission,

also held one of the first significant experiences in true Biblical Community.

Teams of brothers and sisters in Christ, eager to know and enjoy God

with a pure devoted pursuit,

marked me in momentous ways with genuine love and honor.

Several examples of personal humility, gentleness,

and geniune kindness to one another in Biblical Community.

This intention not only intrigued me,

but also affirmed the aged truth that you will know

they are Christians by their sincere love.

We learned to apply biblical truth by being vulnerable and authentic with one another in speaking the truth in love, to actually pray and worship God openly, to engage in community service or challenge one another in the spiritual disciplines and accountable while fasting.

We fought for one another and dreamed together through tearful prayers, occasionally we took a loss in our monthly budget for another team member or team.  It’s an ongoing lesson to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Another unforgettable experience in Home Groups,

took place while enjoying a career as a flight attendant in Chicago.

Three other flight attendants and I turned out to be roommates,

quickly sharing a mutual interest in what true Biblical Community

could be together as a home group.

We had memorable years of arranging our work schedules to buddy bid and work flights together around the country.

Memories of flight overnights that usually held late discussions lingering within our bible study and prayer.

Our interaction with customers and other flight attendants would sometimes invite an opportunity to talk about their faith struggles,

which frequently opened a door to pray or welcome questions-

why we believe and how to walk it out.

Typical personality conflicts took place,

roommate issues that had to be ironed out,

but in the midst of sharing life together,

God worked in and through it all a powerful gospel-centered community of transformation, healing and restoration in our hearts.

We remain close friends that meet together,

and recall how God worked in us for His glory.

          To go and make disciples will require our faith in God to reach out,

to welcome strangers to become family into our homes and hearts.

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We have great memories and dear friends

over the years formed through groups.

We’re still connected with friendships from our first home group

early on in our marriage.

Although life holds many necessary endings and new beginnings,

 God provides His presence through rich community.

From common graces of celebrations, young believers, children, difficult struggles,

and even in painful realities of loss and relocation to name a few among us.

“Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, making the best use of the time. 
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt,
so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
~Colossians 4:5,6.

 

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