The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community?
First-century Christians knew what it meant to live in vital community with one another, relating with a depth and commitment that made ‘the body of Christ’ a perfect metaphor for the church. What would it take to reclaim that kind of love, joy, support, and dynamic spiritual growth?I have long sensed the need for true connection between people. I have seen how our facades have kept us from each other and from God. It seems to me that real relationships are impossible without getting down and dirty about who we really are.
Frazee discusses how we have become a society focused on individualism and that stands in opposition to functioning as a community. I was struck and stung by the following:
What the church urgently needs is to reconnect to its core mission of making disciples. We need to get back to the basics: Why did God create the church? Why does church even exist? As a community of Jesus followers, we must learn to see that our corporate mandate is "to be Jesus" to each other and to the world. As the one body of Christ, we await the second coming of Jesus himself, but until that day we are called to represent his presence, his purposes, and fulfill his plans in the power of the Holy Spirit.But Frazee does more than identify the problem, he points to a variety of approaches to a solution. If your heart has been searching for community and if you have longed to see help for the broken church of Jesus, this is a great place to start!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions I have expressed are my own.