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These verses on community and any linked articles/stories are intended to help jumpstart you in your own studies. MOST VERSES ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE WHOLE LETTER in which it was written. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have your own bible and seek on your own. no one or any resource can replace one-on-one time with the king.
Community is God's idea. It's the reason He created us! We were created to be recipients of His love, kindness, favor, and blessings. It doesn't get any more exciting than that.
Bible versions used will vary and some may be paraphrased.
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ROMANS 12:10 Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another.[NLT]
ROMANS 10:12 So then faith eliminates the distinction between Jew and non-Jew, for he is the same Lord for all people. [TPT]
ROMANS 12:13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. [NLT]
ROMANS 12:16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! [NLT]
ROMANS 12:4-5 In the human body there are many parts and organs, each with a unique function. And so it is in the body of Christ. For though we are many, we’ve all been mingled into one body in Christ. This means that we are all vitally joined to one another, with each contributing to the others. [TPT]
ROMANS 12:6 God’s marvelous grace imparts to each one of us varying fits and ministries that are uniquely ours. [TPT]
ROMANS 11:17-18 …God has grafted in—inserting you among the remaining branches as a joint partner to share in the wonderful richness of the cultivated olive stem. So don’t be so arrogant as to believe that you are superior to the natural branches. There’s no reason to boast, for the new branches don’t support the root, but you owe your life to the root that supports you![TPT]
Community starts with love. Everything starts with love. This is not a blank acceptance of everything—that is what our general society is wanting us to believe, that community is a blind acceptance of everything (with the exception of Christianity/morality). This is hard, building community with people you don't align with. We all have it. In my own neighborhood I'm faced with many instances where I am not okay with certain things. I struggle to know how to build community. All I know is, I have to start with loving the person and know that I genuinely want what's best for them. That's the starting point of community. We may not be able to have relationship but we can still participate in community.