Do You One Another?

“I regularly go to church.” That’s good. It’s more than a lot of people do these days. But is that all you do? Do you merely go to church or are you a part of that church. Are you actively involved with other believers from that church?

To be fair, that’s become increasingly difficult in today’s church culture. Right or wrong, for better or worse, the modern church service in America is not designed for the regular practice of the “one another” verses. This post is not about the theology or validity of that. This is about the need to get involved beyond the weekly service. Sitting in a service is not what it means to be a part of a local church. You must find a way to engage with other believers in your community of faith. You must find a way to one another one another.

Difficult Community

There is a tendency for church leaders to speak about Christian community in idealized terms. Their intentions are good and they recognize that Christian maturity requires us to walk closely with other believers. I wonder though if we do a disservice in the way we portray these environments.

Real, meaningful community is hard work. It does not come naturally. If you want to move past the superficial, things are going to get messy. Sparks will fly. Just read the “one another” commands in the New Testament and you’ll see that. May those of us preach show people that a biblical community is both difficult and worth the effort.