Mark 3:14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach.

One of the beautiful dynamics of our Christian faith is the community we have been called into. Jesus Himself began this dynamic community in the early days of His ministry. It all started when He called the twelve disciples to simply be with Him. What could be greater than that, separated from the world to be with Jesus. When the church began, after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the early church followed the lead of Jesus, they also began to live together in this beautiful community of Jesus. It is in this community that we find out what life is all about. Let me share with you some of the blessings that we find living in the community of Jesus.

1. It is the place of incredible influence.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Just take a minute and think about the implications of this verse. This ragtag group of Jesus followers are going to impact the whole world in every generation. Divided we can’t really do that much, together all things become possible. We can impact our world together through the power that is released through our union.

2. The power of God is discovered and released through the community of Jesus.

Acts 2:1,2 ¶ And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

The power of Pentecost is discovered and released through the unity of the local church. It is not a coincidence that the power flowed as they came together in prayer.

3. The community of Jesus is the place of healing and recovery

John 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

I love this, it was in the community of believers that Lazarus was set free. Jesus raised him from the dead, His followers took off the grave clothes.

To be continued…..

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