Some see Christian community as optional. They don’t see Christian community as a necessary part of their Christian life. It is a take it or leave it sort of thing. They go to church when they want, and they associate with other Christians on their terms.
I, however, believe Christian community is an important and necessary part of our Christian life. It is something all Christians should strive to cultivate.
4 Reasons Christian Community is Important
First, being apart of a Christian community is important because it’s vital for Christian growth.
We need other Christians to teach us, encouragement us, pray for and with us. We need other Christians to hold us accountable and provide us with godly counsel. All of which are vital for Christian growth. Without them, we might grow some, but we aren’t going to become fully mature disciples of Christ.
Second, being apart of a Christian community is important because it’s vital for our well being.
Being apart of a Christian community means that when we fall on hard times, we have somewhere to turn. We can count on the church for financial assistance and general care. All of which are vital to our well being.
Third, being apart of a Christian community is important because it’s vital for our mission.
As Christians we are called to make disciples. Making disciples includes winning people to Christ, baptizing them, and teaching them, so that they become fully mature followers of Jesus Christ. In order to be an effect witness, we need Christian community. In order to effectively teach others, we need Christian community.
Lastly, being apart of a Christian community is important because community is a Grace.
It is a gift God has given us. Sadly many in the American church don’t recognize it as a gift of God. I think that’s because we are free to worship as we please, where we please, and with whom we please. We have taken for granted what we have. Commenting on this one writer says,
“It is true, of course, that what is an unspeakable gift of God for the lonely individual is easily disregarded and trodden under foot by those who have the gift every day. It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us… Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart. Let him thank God on his knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.” 
Christian community is important and its something we should desire. All believers should want to be apart of a Christian community. To gather together with other believers. To fellowship with them. To do life together with them. To worship with them. By nature Christians are a communal people. God has set it up that way, and we should honor God’s design. We should be apart of a community of believers.
Questions for Reflection
- Do you believe Christian community is important?
- Would you add another point to my four above?
Want to learn more? You should check out:
- My sermon series: Living in Community – Part 1, Living in Community – Part 2, Living in Community – Part 3, Living in Community – Part 4
- My last posts: Scriptural Metaphors for Community, Christians are Born Again Into Community, Why Don’t People Participate in Christian Community?, Christian Community Occurs In and Through Jesus
 Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 20