What do you like? Here are some things I like, and I think you like them, too: I like it when people around me know my name, my family, and my likes and dislikes. I like it when people around me pray for me, ask me how I’m doing, and offer to help me. I like it when people around me respect me, want to work with me, and work in teams. And I like it when people around me have some values and priorities that are similar to mine.
I like community. So does everyone I know. And apparently, so do people around the world—if you do a Google search on community, you’ll get about 3.6 billion results.
Question: How would you define community? Here’s my working definition: a community is a connected, caring, collaborative, like-minded group of people:
- Connected (I Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:16)
- Caring (Luke 10:25-37, I Thessalonians 5:11, Matthew 22:39, Ephesians 4:15)
- Collaborative (Deuteronomy 6:6-10, Ecclesiastes 4:12, I Thessalonians 5:11, James 1:19, Hebrews 10:24)
- Like-minded (Romans 12:2, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 4:12)
- Group of people (Genesis 1:27, I Peter 2:5, I Peter 2:9).
Let’s continue building community. Let’s continue connecting, caring, collaborating, and becoming like-minded.