ABC. It's the building blocks of God's church, not a song by the Jackson 5 or Already Been Chewed gum. ABC is Authentic Biblical Community.
Community is a buzzword often heard these days in the church. The problem is that we can use it so much that it loses its meaning. Let's look at what the Bible says about it and then examine how to develop it in your small group.
ABC. It's Easy As 1-2-3.
- The apostle Paul described the church as the body of Christ in which all the members work together, belong to each other, and need one another. That's Authentic Biblical Community!
- The apostle John described the church as a spiritual family that deeply loves one another. That's Authentic Biblical Community!
- The apostle Peter described the church as "living stones" that God is building into His holy temple. That's Authentic Biblical Community!
Small groups can be an incredible expression of community, but here is the problem: A great small group meeting does not necessarily equal Authentic Biblical Community. ABC is more than a meeting, more than a Bible study, more than a feeling. (I know … another old Rock 'n Roll reference. I just can't help myself.)
ABC goes back to the very nature of God. He exists in community, yearns to have community between Himself and us, and desires for us to have Authentic Biblical Community with one another (see John 17 and 1 John 1:1-3).
ABC was the design for how Jesus discipled the twelve and carried out His earthly ministry. Jesus was the cornerstone on which the church was established, but Authentic Biblical Community was the foundation on which He built it.
ABC is the building blocks on which we reach the lost, grow spiritually, and develop leaders in the church. Authentic Biblical Community is ...