“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” -1 John 1:3
Community is the essence of life, and it is at the core of the Christian experience. It is the nature of God and the foundation of the covenants. It is the present state of the church and our future vision of heaven and New Jerusalem. It is the reason why we testify. Enjoy this quotation from Charles Spurgeon, given to me by a close mentor and friend just before I left for Cambodia:
“Communion is strength; solitude is weakness. Alone, the fine old beach yields to the blast and lies prone in the meadow. In the forest, supporting each other the trees laugh at the hurricane. The sheep of Jesus, flock together. The social element is the genius of Christianity.”
If your vision is God, your vision is life together.