A new worship series to start off 2020!
“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community…. Let him who is not in community beware of being alone…. Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation and despair.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
The above quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer speaks to the importance of having time both in solitude and in community.
As followers of Christ, we’re to emulate our leader who regularly took time in solitude with God and who also lived life amid a community of men and women who supported and learned from Him.
Perhaps that’s why so much of the New Testament details how Christians are to treat and live with one another.
A study of the New Testament reveals that the phrase “one another” from the Greek word “allelon” meaning “one another, each other; mutually, or reciprocally,” occurs 100 times in 94 verses in the New Testament.
Approximately 59 of those occurrences are specific commands teaching us how (and how not) to relate to one another.
Obedience to those commands is imperative for us to grow into spiritual maturity and for the sake of forming and maintaining healthy and truly Christian communities of faith we call churches.
Those of us who are on Cape Cod from January through March are the core of the church. That is no disrespect to the many, many wonderful people who spend the winter elsewhere. We love you all who are reading this somewhere warm!
When it comes to our bodies, strengthening our core helps us to carry out all other movements or for any other form of exercise or sport. In a similar way, our hope for this winter is to strengthen our core by focusing on the theme Creating and Strengthening Community.
In worship, we’re going to learn about many of the “One Another” passages in the New Testament. So, we’re going to be talking about things such as:
- Don’t grumble among one another. (John 6:43)
- Be of the same mind with one another. (Romans 12:16, 15:5)
- Accept one another. (Romans 15:7)
- Gently, patiently tolerate one another. (Ephesians 4:2)
- Be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving to one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
- Bear with and forgive one another. (Colossians 3:13)