When you look at your friend group, what do you see? Rather, who do you see? I’ve used this post to highlight 5 distinctive qualities of a Christ-centered community and what that could look like. These opinions have been developed based on my own experience with our missional community and everything I’ve gathered in the past couple of years.
- The specific mission of our missional community is to ensure that we are pointing one another back to Christ. This is first done through the pursuit of prayer. We pray to place our focus solely on Christ. We eagerly pray for the veils of self to be removed. Along with this, we set apart time to share our joys and any prayer requests. Following this, we ensure that adequate time is given to pray over these subject matters. For me, the most beautiful unfolding of this has been the times of check-in. We are able to see how God has faithfully answered or how we can continue to press into prayer to keep interceding for those requests. Prayer keeps us rooted in who matters most. Jesus.
- Scripture Study.
- Currently, we are studying The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer and can I just say… it’s been one of those books that cut through the flesh and straight into the heart. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend it. With that being said, we have gone through the seasons of discussing topics from appropriate T.V. shows, God’s will, and everything in between, studying the book of Revelation, and are currently studying the aforementioned book. Through this, we are able to hear from God and have honest conversations about what God is specifically calling for our lives. I love it because it really pushes us to examine our own personal lives, which leads me to the next characteristic.
- In our group, there is freedom to share honest, real, and raw feelings and thoughts while sparing any judgment. I think this has been the most liberating aspect. We are all free to share, and are met with honest conversations about what God says in the Bible. In my opinion, this serves as one of our strengths because we meet each other with respect and point each other back to what the Bible says. This is so critical. Instead of simply providing our own advice, we are building each other up and challenging one another against the words of God. This pushes for growth over and over again.
- Wholesome Talk.
- We make it a point to abide by Ephesians 4:29 which states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV). This includes limitations on the kind of words we are speaking to each other. It is extremely easy to fall into the trap of sarcasm and write it off as nothing big, while it may actually be a big deal. Granted, we are a work in progress, but we are learning!
- From where we were to where we are now, our missional community looks drastically different in regards to the depth of our relationship with one another. I will say that the most seamless aspect of this group includes the building of relationships. Over time, we have devoted the energy and time to getting to know one another through sharing meals and stories. For me, this has been such a fun part getting to know the different ways that God has created His people. Each person of our group is distinctly different and it’s been incredible to see each personality shine.
All in all, we aim to abide by the simple but wise command from the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” Are we perfect? By no means. As we meet weekly, we are growing weekly and it’s been humbling. We are currently seeking to find a place where we can serve and identifying ways to branch out and reach others. Along with this, we are continuously challenging to keep one another accountable and ensuring we are walking according to God’s will. I am so thankful to do life with these people. Seriously. They’re the best.
And, as always, if you are seeking a community in the Houston area, our doors are wide open! Feel free to message/comment: I’d love to hear more characteristics and qualities that could be added to the list.