50 benefits of community

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

“What shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:26

50 benefits of community —

  1. It keeps the enemy at bay.
  2. It brings refreshment to the weary soul.
  3. It unifies people from different walks of life in Jesus.
  4. It brings an opportunity for authenticity — to pour out our hearts to a loving family.
  5. It brings accountability–opening the doors of our lives to others.
  6. It allows us to see the beauty and glory of God’s work in others.
  7. It brings communion — a remembrance of Jesus’ work on the cross and the new covenant of life that we have with him.
  8. It brings solidarity.
  9. It brings encouragement.
  10. It brings hope.
  11. It brings maturity.
  12. It brings dogged determination.
  13. It brings friendship between those who might not normally be friends.
  14. It brings a shared love of God and his word.
  15. It brings osmosis — we learn without trying to in our own efforts.
  16. It brings personal revelation of what God is trying to tell us through the words of others.
  17. It brings food for thought — meditations for us to think about.
  18. It brings courage to speak God’s words and what he’s done in  our lives.
  19. It makes us teachers of the word.
  20. It makes us read and search out the word, looking at it more deeply than, perhaps, we would on our own.
  21. It makes us examine ourselves — we sharpen each other.
  22. It draws us closer in our relationship with God.
  23. It makes us talk about things we might never talk about on our own.
  24. It eradicates our darkness — bringing those things, which need be, to the light.
  25. It brings sacrifice of our own selfish desires and plans for the good of the group.
  26. It brings commitment to others.
  27. It brings a realization of the importance of our presence in the group — that each one of us is integral, and if we are gone, it is like the group is missing a vital digit that is important to the life and wholeness of the group.
  28. It brings salvation — a freedom and wholeness.
  29. It brings deliverance from things which have held us captive and in bondage.
  30. It brings physical healing.
  31. It brings spiritual healing.
  32. It brings emotional healing.
  33. Jesus brings a love for one another that is based in our unified love of Him.
  34. It brings energy and excitement about Jesus.
  35. It makes us feel accepted instead of rejected.
  36. It breaks us free from the bonds of compromise.
  37. It brings joy.
  38. It discourages complacency.
  39. It brings shared vision and motivates action on all our parts.
  40. It makes us brave — we act as a unified front.
  41. It unites us as a family — singles, married couples, old, young together.
  42. It makes us strive to understand one another.
  43. It makes us care for one another and take care of one another when there is a need.
  44. It makes us abandon selfishness and take up sacrifice.
  45. It makes us throw away pride for humbleness.
  46. It makes us try new things.
  47. It gives us new ideas.
  48. It gives us opportunities to practice mercy.
  49. It exposes our judgemental attitudes that need to be put down.
  50. It allows us to both accept and give grace.

In fellowship, Jesus is the great equalizer, He is our commonality.  In Him, we are one.

“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete  understanding, in order that they may know they mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Colossians 2:2-3

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