In this audio talk, Tim Lane introduces the idea that everyone knows how hard it is to live in community. This session begins to develop a theology of community. Culture sends messages that autonomy and self-sufficiency are ultimate things – however, even the world acknowledges that community is necessary at times. We experience a tension between wanting to be self-sufficient and desiring intimacy with others. More specifically, Christians want increasing intimacy with God but cringe at the idea that other people are a vital part of growth in grace.
Lane discusses four perspectives that bear on transformational community development: 1.) God is a triune God existing in community (Father, Son, and Spirit); 2.) Church as community; 3.) Godly friendships are gifts from God to be stewarded and are one of the ways God achieves transformation in your life; and 4.) The importance of sacraments to our understanding of community. In Ephesians 5, Paul encourages believers to 1.) Examine how you live; 2.) Move outward in wise ministry to others; and 3.) A passionate pursuit of personal and communal holiness.
Key Scriptures: Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4-5; John 17:20-23; Matthew 7; Psalm 139