Biblical Community

1 Peter 4: 7-8 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for  “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Peter shows us what Biblical Community is, a Common Unity. What is our Common Unity? Jesus Christ. What connects the church to Christ? Three things; Prayer, Love, and Serving.

We are to be serious and watchful until the fulfillment of Christ's return. This means that our prayers are shallow and unfocused but instead they are alert and directed toward the times. A church should be serious about its prayers. One prayer that should be consistently offered up is "Your kingdom come." For Christ's return to happen all things must be fulfilled. That means that everyone destined to be saved is.

We are also to be fervent in our love. This isn't the sentimental feeling kind of love but instead a giving kind of love. That word fervent means to be maxed out like a runner running at full speed. True love is one that gives unselfishly. It is also a love that is quick to forgive. We should be people that give-forgive-give again.

Finally we are to be useful through serving one another. God has gifted each of us to edify, or build up, the church (vs. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another). If we aren't using the gifts God has given us we are starving the church community. We are called to see the need and then meet it. Through this God will often help you discover your gifting.

Let me encourage you to do three things at the Village Chapel: Pray, Give, and Serve. In the midst of these you will discover true Biblical Community.