"Community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives."
True community involves things like authenticity, acceptance, empathy, conflict, forgiveness, confrontation, inclusion and gratitude. When a person experiences true community there's nothing quite like it. It really takes a miracle to happen. Even if you've had a little taste of it, you will long for it for the rest of your life. God made you to live in deep community.
The Bible lays out a dream that God's people would live in little communities. Community is far more than the mutual enjoyment of each other's company. Like a family, we don't always get to choose who is in community with us. Like a platoon, we learn to fight together and not against one another because our lives and our mission depend on it.
Too many times we settle for pseudo-community. It's easier, less risky and leaves an easy way out. What if our churches invited people not only to Christ, but also into loving, transformational community?