The Power of Community
July 6, 2009, 10:09 pm
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from the concert stage

I walked onto the concert stage Friday night at our church’s annual Freedom Festival. While I was waiting for the “ready” sign from our tech crew indicating that the band was ready to play, I looked out at over 10,000 people and thought, “there is power in community.”

It was impressive. The size, the sounds, the inter-connectedness of it all seemed to over shadow whatever differences or problems we had all arrived with that evening.

For a few moments we were all living focused around a few commonalities (food, fun, fireworks!).

The more I have had time to process this, the more I’m beginning to see the power of community as it relates to the church. I think a living faith community will be noticeable. It will be connected by beliefs, passion and a relationship with Christ that isn’t disconnected from everyday life, but overwhelms it.

Bottom line, I realized that to have community, it had to be more than about me. It’s about people. Wear your faith on your sleeve and give, serve and live life connected with those around you. 

There’s a lot more to it than that, but the experience from Friday night sticks with me.


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