Mark 3:13-20; Acts 2:42-27
These passages find Jesus teaching the disciples to be His body through community.
Care is not simply about hospital visiting and prayer, it’s about doing life together, going deeper and living out Jesus’ teaching together.
John Wesley talked about three levels of church organization:
- Bands (small groups)
We experience God’s Kingdom best through relationships that lead us to Him, as we care and are cared for. Intentional relationships happen best with like-minded people; those who share our journey toward God. It’s not enough to come to church; we must be intentional in caring for one another.
Jesus teaches us three things:
- If we are to be His disciples, we must commit ourselves to caring for one another. Scientific studies show that those who are in healthy religious communities live longer and are happier.
- From commitment must come courtesy and respect; faithfulness in good times and bad. What would the world be like if all Christians gave one another the benefit of the doubt, as God has done for us?
- Relationships require cultivation. He gathers His disciples to teach them and to love them. It takes time and effort. It’s not about the next step; it’s about the next 1000 steps.
The best picture of Jesus is when we love and serve each other despite our differences and limitations.
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