Bloggers cooler than me may have led you to believe that the Christian life can be healthy without the support of other believers. I’ve heard it a thousand times; “you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian.” Perhaps that’s true in a sense, but hopefully a Christian can easily see how community is built into the very foundation of the Gospel story. Because of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Christ, the men and women who were once cut off from God now have community with Him and with His people. Christ’s work in us and through us is always present within our relationships, which leads me to believe that Christ Himself values Christian community and values relationships deeply. His work on the cross secures those very things for us (and much more).
My church defines “community” as the blessing of sharing life with other followers of Jesus, helping and being helped in living out that gospel. This page contains links to some of my posts centered on gospel community and relationships with the hope that they will help you in your own.
How airing your frustrations can damage community. The danger of “venting”
Here are a few of my recommendations on books, sermons and blog posts on the topic of relationships.
A post I wrote for The Mighty: Five ways that churches can support families with special needs children
How to use the summer months to build relationships with others. Don’t waste your summer
Can’t stand “women’s ministry”? Maybe you need a change of perspective. Fighting for Women’s Ministry (even when you don’t feel like it)
When politics collide with the mommy wars; a book review of Scott Saul’s “Jesus Outside the Lines”
Blogging can be a useful feature of church community. A church full of bloggers
That pesky word that scares married people. Things nobody told me about submission in marriage