4 things (part 2: other foundations)

Okay, I was driving and thinking. That’s a dangerous combination.

I was thinking about the last post where I started talking about our new statement

(notice that I’m avoiding talking about what kind of statement? We have a passion statement, but I always hate falling onto the vision,mission,purpose statement debates).

Anyway, if we are a biblically-based community, what does that mean? How does it distinguish our church from any other kind of community?

As a way of thinking about that, I guess we plug other words into that statement.

What difference would it make to be a geographic-based community (patterns of interaction are based on where you travel, neighborhood infrastructure), a financial-based community (profitability, economic impact, means of production), an interest-based community (the nature of the object of interest).

If we are biblically-based, it means that we look to the Bible to sort out what to do, how to act.

I think I’m tired. So if you can help me think, please do so. How are communities different according to their basis of formation?

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2 responses to “4 things (part 2: other foundations)

  1. Community implies commonality. What does the group share that allows it to be defined as community? If it’s locale, then the community is only as strong as their common devotion to place, maintaining and celebrating the location which links them. Are they strong because they value each other, or do they want their own property values to stay high?

    If it’s financial, then the community is as strong as their joint need of one another in order to meet monetary goals. Community becomes a bunch of self-serving individuals.

    A community which shares some common interest/vocation/hobby are enthusiasts. It is part of who we are to want to share what we love with those who are like-minded.

    But a community based on the Bible is something more. Each member is committed to a relationship with a God loves him enough to give him lots of helpful advice on living–including banding together with other God-lovers. Common interest, common good, likemindedness. And…something which is eluding description for me. When you’re not tired, Jon, you can have the baton back.

  2. I recently had this question answered for me by someone. I don’t know that it is the “right” answer but it certainly makes sense.

    Community should be (is only genuinely) built on cause. The stronger the cause, the stronger the community. If we share a common like or foundation, then minor disagreements can break down community. If we share a common cause (or mission), then disagreements are overlooked for the sake of the cause, and community continues.

    Bible as foundation is not a bad thing (in fact it is a good thing), but is the bible the foundation as a rule book or a love letter like you mention in your last post. If it is simply a rule book, then your interpretation of a particular rule and my interpretation of a particular rule become a point of contention. But if it is a love letter, then we have room (and precedence) to love each other dispite our disagreements and misunderstands. If God could love us when we were his enemies, than I can love you as we share a common cause but simply do not agree on everything.

    Community that is based on proximity or temporary causes are temporary communities. But communities that are based on cause extend beyond the time and place of the cause.

    The example given was from Band of Brothers. While in basic, these guys had no community. But once there was cause, the banded together. Even now, they have community, even though the cause has ended.

    Just my two cents and I am still processing a lot of this.