Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 1:14, Matthew 28:19, Matthew 3:16-17, Exodus 3:14
Whenever you think about community, what are your first thoughts? There could be any number of things that pop into mind. Maybe you think of iconic friend groups on television. Perhaps you think about small groups from church or the community you live in. Maybe you are someone who has experienced hurt within Christian community. Or maybe if you are introverted, simply the word “community” fills you with a tiny bit of dread and a case of the heebie jeebies.
No matter what our first thoughts are about “community”, Scripture is really clear about its desire for us to live within community with other believers in Christ. But what does that even mean? What does Scriptural community look like and what is its purpose? Is it optional? We are going to explore each of these questions in the days to come.
But before we get into all of that, in order to understand God’s desire for us to live within community, we must first start at the beginning and take a deeper look at the original form of community found within Scripture; the Trinity.
In the Bible, we see the Trinity mentioned in various places.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”. 2 Corinthians 13:14, ESV
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth”. John 1:14, ESV
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Matthew 28:19, ESV
“And When Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him and behold, a voice from heaven said, “‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”’. Matthew 3:16-17, ESV
The doctrine of the Trinity is undoubtedly one of the most confusing aspects of God. He is 3 persons, but one. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is God. He is “I am” (Exodus 3:14). Even with the most in-depth theological discussion, there isn’t a way to fully understand the marvel of the Trinity.
But without getting too caught up in the complexities of the Trinity, most of us can agree that there is one divine being: God. God is made up of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Before we even came on the scene, there was already community within the Trinity. God already lived in perfect harmony and community within Himself. It was full, loving, and united. We see this displayed really beautifully in Matthew 3:16-17 when Jesus was baptized.
God did not create humanity out of a feeling of loneliness or incompleteness. As humans, our existence is an extension of His love and His creation. We were created out of His desire, not out of God lacking or needing anything. He has perfect community within Himself.
So why are we beginning our study on community by talking about the Trinity? How is that applicable to community as believers?
It is important to understand this idea of community within the Trinity to understand our own purpose, design, and needs for community, which we are going to unpack more tomorrow.
Thank you for the community that you have modeled for us in the Trinity. Thank you that you are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I praise you for who you are, even whenever I do not completely understand. I also praise you for who you allow me to be because of your work in my life. This week, as I learn more about community, let me be your light and love to those around me and help me to have deeper fellowship with you. I love you, Lord.
In your name,