Life Together with Jesus, Psalms 133:1:
Peace, unity and love are compelling truths and desired by all. So why is our world so malicious with hatred towards others? Does Jesus have a message for us that can lead us out of this murky quagmire that we live in? Is there a way in which we can live together with love towards each other?
The difficulty in attaining this unity within a family much less a church is obvious. Yet the Scriptures promise us a reward if we do, guidance in reaching this goal and in fact instructs us to do so. It is not a question whether we are part of a community, we are as we have faith in Christ. Do we want to increase the depth, the actual components that brings fellowship, life together? Of course, but how is this done?
Attitude, goals, discipline, new routines bring changes in areas of physical, financial, and intellectual growth. Is the answer to growth in these areas also how we learn to increase our ability live together? Is it just a matter of setting new resolutions? Remember, Jesus said, “I came that you might have life abundantly.” How does Jesus do that in this area of living life together? How is Christ the force that moves and guides us before any of our self- proclaimed aspirations can be realized?
Life Received, Life Together, Life Giving- John 10:10
Question: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential. What did he write about Christian community?
Answer: From 1935 to 1937 Dietrich Bonhoeffer served as pastor, administrator, and teacher at an underground seminary at Finkenwalde, Germany (now Poland). Bonhoeffer insisted that if seminarians were to learn about and lead within the Christian community – the church – they must also enter into and learn the practical disciplines of the Christian faith in community. This led to the formation of a community house where those involved in seminary education would share life together. The book, Life Together, record’s Bonhoeffer’s reflections on that experience.