Monday, September 9, 2013

Crossroads Values - Community

Life is all about relationships.  Everything else is secondary.  For us at Crossroads, community is not a zip code.  It is having real friends who know the good and the bad, and still care about you.  It is sharing the joys and frustrations, the celebrations and heartaches of life with people who understand your strengths and flaws.

God shows us the importance of community even before there was a creation.  The Holy Trinity exists in three Persons, living in community with each other.  As we were made in God’s image, we are created to live in relationship with others—with God and people.

Christian community becomes the place of healing and discovery.  We find emotional and spiritual healing in a place of acceptance and grace.  We experience self-discovery as we learn about our unique qualities and find our God-given calling in life.

Real community is messy.  But it is worth it.  We see the flaws in others, and they see ours.  We encourage, rebuke and forgive.  We grow and become more like Jesus.  We really need each other.   And we need to belong.