Paul the Apostle speaks at length about our individuality and how important each person is to God. As with the human body, the body of believers – Christ’s church – is made up of many different parts. None are lesser or greater, just different – and all are valuable to a well-functioning body. Corinthians tells us that “God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it”. This body of believers is governed or directed in all its functions by the head, who is Jesus. It is remarkable that God has designed the human body – every part dependent on every other part – as a working model for understanding our lives together as a community of believers (1 Corinthians 12:27).

Like any other community (which is usually made up of individuals from all different backgrounds or situations, who are united by their common interests or goals), the church is made up of people who have come together with something in common. In the case of the church, they are united together by Jesus – his saving work in their lives and their desire to do life with him and with each other.

The word ‘community’ beautifully captures the original apostolic idea of having “all things in common, in Jesus. It’s on this basis that we get together for worship, social events, prayer and singing and to truly celebrate a free life in Jesus. We believe this aspect of the community is to be celebrated when considered in the light of Life With Jesus.

When we are saved by Jesus, God also brings us into family and puts us in community! We believe in the importance and significance of the local expression of Jesus’ body – the community of believers.

“So now you . . . are not visitors or strangers. Now you are citizens together with God’s holy people. You belong to God’s family.” (Ephesians 2:19 ICB)

You can read more about the community of believers as “Christ’s body” in 1 Corinthians 12