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The First Week in April

We Read…

Humans were created to be in community with each other and with God. Even God exists as a community (with the three persons of the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)! What does the bible tell us about living in community? What does it provide as an example of a good community in which to be involved? And where is God amid our communities?

In Psalm 133, the psalmist praises families who live in unity. He tells us that this is a good thing that the Lord approves of and instructs us to do. Some of us may not think of our families when we read this; maybe you have experienced the other side things. If you have a family that feels like a strong community, reflect on why that is and how you might continue this in the future. If you have a family that struggles to get along or live well together, reflect on how God is still working in the midst of it all.

Later, we see other examples of community in Jesus’s disciples and life after Jesus left the earth. The early church committed to being unified, sharing what they owned, and proclaiming the good news of what Jesus had done in their lives. What would life look like if we chose to live in these same ways? How does this community reflect God and glorify God in the world?

Psalm 133

    1 Look at how good and pleasing it is 

     when families live together as one! 

    2 It is like expensive oil 

     poured over the head, 

     running down onto the beard— 

      Aaron’s beard!— 

     which extended over the collar 

      of his robes. 

    3 It is like the dew on Mount Hermon 

     streaming down 

      onto the mountains of Zion 

     because it is there that the LORD 

      has commanded the blessing: 

      everlasting life.

Acts 4:32-35

The community of believers was one in heart and mind. None of them would say, “This is mine!” about any of their possessions, but held everything in common. 33 The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and an abundance of grace was at work among them all. 34 There were no needy persons among them. Those who owned properties or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds from the sales, 35 and place them in the care and under the authority of the apostles. Then it was distributed to anyone who was in need.

1 John 1:1-2:2

We announce to you what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have seen and our hands handled, about the word of life. 2 The life was revealed, and we have seen, and we testify and announce to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. 3 What we have seen and heard, we also announce it to you so that you can have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy can be complete. 

5 This is the message that we have heard from him and announce to you: “God