The Joys And Challenges Of Christian Community

As people entered the community centre, the atmosphere was one of excitement and anticipation. Though their faces were masked, I could see the joy in their eyes, and I could hear it in their voices as we greeted one another.

We spent time together, worshipping and hearing God’s Word; then, at the end, people lingered to chat, pray, and enjoy conversation and fellowship.

In many ways it was just a normal Sunday morning, but when you haven’t had a “normal Sunday morning” for seventeen months, you appreciate it so much more! While our church had done a good job of staying connected online during the pandemic, it just wasn’t the same as being together. How grateful we were to finally gather face-to-face.

From the very start, when God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18), it was clear we were not designed to live in isolation, but were created for community and fellowship.

I’d love it if you’d join me at Gracefully Truthful to reflect some more on what the Bible has to say about the joys and challenges of Christian community. Click here to read the full post.

17 thoughts on “The Joys And Challenges Of Christian Community

  1. As an introvert, I struggle with community at times. I know it is important, but it can quickly wear me out. I’m learning how to be part of the body, but serve in the background where it’s not so exhausting.

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    1. I’m an introvert too and I agree, it can be challenging, but every part of the body is needed and we all have something to contribute. Sometimes it just takes a while to find out where we fit.

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    2. Hello! I found this article while searching for “Christian community,” and I am an introvert too. I found that some lone time is necessary for us to get charged. So I usually spend some time alone right after church, when possible; even a short time on a bus ride helps! Sometimes one whole day, to pray and dive in God’s word, while still doing other normal activities…

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  2. I wish I might, I wish I may
    find a place of unity,
    but somehow in my Good Friday
    I’m unfit for community.
    It’s not that I’ve opposed, resisted
    the welcome of the outstretched hand,
    but my paradigms are twisted
    and I no longer understand
    the quiet blessing of a chat,
    watching children in their games;
    that is not now where I’m at,
    for of life not much more remains
    than the struggle in the night,
    this curse and blessing, cancer’s fight.

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  3. Lesley, it makes me sad when I read stats about how church attendance has gone down so much since Covid started. (At least in the U.S., maybe it’s different elsewhere?) Once that habit is broken, I guess it can be hard to start it back up again. But I agree with you … in-person connection is a key part of encouraging each other in the Lord.

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    1. It is sad to hear about church attendance declining. It is also true for many churches here. I’m so grateful that my church is actually thriving and has maintained its numbers well but I think a lot of churches are struggling.

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