“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24,25 (ESV)
As we approach the upcoming holiday season and the gathering together of family and friends, we are reminded of the importance of community within the body of believers.
God calls us as individuals…but He calls us to live in community with others.
Unfortunately, we live in a society that is becoming increasingly autonomous and individualistic.
On page 422 of Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa has a chart taken from a colleague, Bill Smith. The chart is a comparison between the modern individualistic worldview against a Biblical communal worldview.
The difference is striking.
For example, the modern worldview of self is strongly autonomous. Our world prioritizes individual decisions above almost everything else. We live in the age of individual rights.
The Biblical worldview however emphasizes interdependence.
It is not that we don’t have individual rights within the Biblical worldview…rather these rights are subjected to what is best for the community.
The follower of Jesus submits to the leadership of the community out of recognition of their God-given authority.
Another difference between our modern worldview and the Biblical worldview is the reason to attend church.
Those living within the modern worldview will pick and attend a church based upon their personal needs. They will view church as an institution that should serve them and meet their needs.
The Biblical worldview however maintains that the church is a living organism in which believers are called to both give and receive. Each individual believer is gifted in ways that are to be used within the church to minister to the needs of others. At the same time, each believer will have needs that are to be met by others within the church, not by the church as an institution.
We are naïve to think that we have not been influenced by the modern worldview.
Therefore, we should examine our reasons for attending our local church as well as the role God has for us in that church.
It may be that God is calling us to make some changes…
Prayer: Lord, help me see where I have adopted the modern worldview and abandoned Your view of community.