Community

If God has so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son in order to save us, then we are compelled to live out the realities of that love in how we relate to one another. The Gospel enables people from every conceivable background (rich or poor, powerful or weak, young or old, etc.) to function together as a harmonious and loving community. A community whereby we love and value one another as beloved children of God despite whatever may have formally divided us.

“Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” (Ephesians 2:11-16 ESV)