Many wonder why we in CFCI have made a commitment to live as a Covenant Community.
God is a community of three persons living in Eternal Unity and Communion of Love. We are created purely to share in this eternal communion of Love. Community is God’s desire for us. Individualism is not part of God’s design. Everyone: Youth, Single or Married, needs community.
God’s plan is to make us Perfect which means perfect lovers like Him.
Scripture is all about community.
“And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people”
~ (Leviticus 26:12).
We should learn to be dependent on God and His people. Yet, the foolishness of sin and our pride tells us that we have all that we need within ourselves. So, we settle for relationships that never go beyond the casual.
Community is God’s way of life, the way that leads to the Truth and gives us Life (John 14:6). It makes us branches of the true vine and nourishes us with peace and joy of Christ when we are obedient to his commands.
A Godly Spousal relationship is fundamental to any community. Conversely, a Godly Community helps spouses live that perfect life of unity, communion and experience the love lived by the Trinity.
- Community builds up
Being in the community gives you the chance to be around people at different stages of their faith journey. Everyone has something to teach and to learn. In community we make lifelong friends, learn life-lessons from elders and train youngsters.
“Spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.”
~ Hebrews 10:24–25
- Unity of mind and heart brings about the power of the Spirit
Where two or three are gathered in His name God is present
~ Matthew 18:20
Where God is present the power of the Holy Spirit gives grace and strength to live out our commandment of Love in Community
“Bear with each other and forgive one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity”
~ Colossians 3:13–14
- Community makes us who we are meant to be: Like Jesus
Community challenges us to be more like Jesus (Hebrews 10:24-25). Nothing makes us more like Jesus than the daily grind of interactions with others. Community teaches us to work through conflicts. There’s something powerful about believers joining together, making each other accountable and being a witness of one another’s lives. We need people checking in on us, asking the hard questions, and challenging us to really live out our faith.
- How to strengthen Community
It starts with every member working on their personal holiness. For couples, it means improving the spousal relationship by having a regular one to one conversation. Praying daily by name for the need of each household member and their family. Being faithful to all CFCI meetings and having weekly intercessory prayers in households and Chapters.