Today at Garden Park we started a new series on the ‘one anothers’ of the Bible, essentially trying to answer the question: “How does Christ shape a new community?” For us, that is found in the way we interact one another, and our church is spending the next several week examining those. Here are some notes on the way we think about one another. Primary scripture focus is Philippians 2.
So for a community transformed (and in transformation) this drives us think differently about people. The world judges, stereotypes, critiques, and excludes those that are different. For a healthy Christian community, this cannot be the case. Each and every person is created uniquely in the image of God and our response should be the same as Jesus response to them: love, acceptance, grace, and service in humility. The first thing that must happen for any believer (or community) is this transformation in thought/action.
And the test to see where ware are at, is precisely in our responses when things go bad. We can’t always control the good or bad that enters our life, but we do get control over how we respond. So when someone offends us, what are our responses?
Looking at our responses, we are quickly able to see how much Christ has taken control of our mind and begun to transform it. Before we can proceed in future weeks to looking at things like loving and serving one another, we must first let this transformation take place.
What do you think? How do you see the connection? Can you share a story of a time you saw this to be true? Please Enter the Discussion below