Dietrich Bonhoeffer once stated that “Our community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us. This is true not merely at the beginning…it remains so for all the future and to all eternity.” We here at CTK are a community of believers brought together by our shared love and interest in Jesus Christ. We gather together on Sundays in this building, we gather during the week at homes, and we gather together when and where the need or want arises because through Jesus we have bonds that He has made.
This week the new Ladies Study began and seventeen women of our community started a journey together to explore our faith, our relationships and our pilgrimage through life. At our first meeting, Lisa asked us to think about and share what stood out to us in this verse: “…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Looking back now, what stands out to me are the words “began a good work.” When we made the decision and commitment to be a part of this group, God was beginning a good work in each of us and all of us collectively. This will be a journey together and one blessed by God. What He has done to each of us is to draw us closer and built up His church and our community.
I have always struggled with being a part of a community. I’ve been heavily active at CTK for more than three years and yet there are times I still keep my distance from community. I have often shied away from fellowship opportunities and chances to build stronger relationships. In joining this group, I’m a bit proud of myself for listening to God’s prompting for once and giving myself the chance to make more genuine connections. I want to see what “good work” He has planned for me and for the rest of the women of the group. In this case, I’m looking forward to the journey as much, if not more, than the destination.
It is important to remember that God has designed us to be part of His church, His community. We are not lone, but part of a whole. We have community with Him and others through Him. Bonhoeffer went on to say, “I have community with others and I shall continue to have it only through Jesus Christ. The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and His work become the one and only thing that is vital between us. We have one another only through Christ, but through Christ we do have one another, wholly, for eternity.” I listened to God and now I have the chance to get to know more of His community. What is the right opportunity for you?