COMMUNITY IN NORMAL LIFE

COMMUNITY IN NORMAL LIFE

I love the preaching of our church! And we heard another helpful message from Pastor Isaac this past Sunday.

Perhaps I love most the way good preaching connects theology to reality. Sometimes theology can fly above our heads, all etherial like. But when done well, theology comes down from the heights, and enters our neighborhoods. It connects to real life. There’s nothing better or more important.

Reflecting on this Sunday’s sermon, I was struck most by something Pastor Isaac said about community, helping us redefine our view and expectation of community in the church. Christian community will not always sparkle with overwhelming, life-changing experiences. Far more often, our life together will be experienced in the mundane moments of life. In the simple meal shared during a lunch break. In the ordinary text thread talking about a challenging morning with the kids. In the momentary fellowship of passing on the street. In the encouragement to endure a difficult season of sickness. In a thousand small moments, community becomes a big thing.

We have to be careful not to overlook or undervalue these expressions of community, these places where our theology meets the ordinary road of life. If we always expect community to occur in it’s biggest form, we will miss out on the little expressions of mutual care and love in the church.