How profound is your connection to the Church universal, and for that matter, to your local Christian fellowship?
Is it because we don’t really take the time to appreciate that we are redeemed as a people, to be a people for Christ? When we identify strongly with our brothers and sisters in faith and see ourselves, above all, as part of a bigger whole, we gain unique comfort and perspective which will serve us and others well in this earthly life.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9
“This reorienting our minds from ‘individual first, common next’ to ‘common first, individual next’ is difficult and not readily grasped, but is highly beneficial to the church and to the individual as well, because it undermines self-centeredness, criticism, division, and pride. It underscores humility, service, and love toward one another….In Chapter Two, “The Day with Others”, Bonhoeffer provides a model for how we can spend the day in Christian fellowship with one another in the Lord. He walks through a full day; morning, noon, and evening, exhorting and offering practical helps, and sometimes personal preferences, pointing to how common-life (fellowship) revolves around common worship. Common worship, both family and corporate, is the staple for “life-together” fellowship.
Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor
Continue reading with us as we move into Chapter 3 of “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer! Join or local discussion group if you live nearby!