Community – actually visible to outsiders?

It is important to note that Peter describes a community whose good deeds are seen by nonbelievers. We must be a community that is seen loving one another and our neighbors. Don’t miss this point. If no one ever catches us being Christians because we are holed up behind drawn curtains, then we are not a missional community. So we see in this description of a Christian community that our corporate identity is in Jesus, and out of that comes worship, community, and mission, culminating in the glorification of God. This is our picture of a healthy community group. In sum, the purpose of community is to make and mature disciples of Jesus; everything else is the product of that purpose.

Key to being this type of community is to redefine community groups as a lifestyle rather than an event.

~ House, Brad,  Community (p. 96)

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