By Rachel Thomas, Director of Discipleship for Women & Ministry Teams @MBCLoudoun
“A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ who lives in biblical community
and is committed to becoming like Him by obeying Him, serving Him and sharing Him.”
– McLean Bible Church definition of a disciple
The next installment of our discipleship definition break-down is “who lives in biblical community….” I’ve heard of “biblical community” my whole life, as I grew up in the church. I would say that I even experienced it at times, but really didn’t understand the implications of TRUE biblical community until I went to college.
I attended a Bible college in Chicago where we literally lived communally. We girls lived on the same…
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. (Romans 12:10 NASB)
Find parking. Smile at greeters. Grab a bulletin. Find a seat. Give a cordial greeting to the person next to you. Sing (or not). Listen to the sermon. Leave as soon as possible to beat traffic. Evaluate how “good” the service was. Back to real life.
This seems to be the weekly experience for so many of us who “go to church.” As for the people we interact with, we may pick up a few friends along the way but for the most part, our experience is often primarily a network of loosely connected, cordial relationships.
Most would agree that this isn’t the extent…