The way of life that Jesus calls us to as disciples simply cannot be lived alone. Today, we call them friends or “someone we go to church with,” but Jesus literally described fellow believers as family and He meant it that way. God Himself is in community called the Trinity, and as people made in His image, we are hardwired for relationships.

In the human body there are many parts and organs, each with a unique function. And so it is in the body of Christ. For though we are many, we’ve all been mingled into one body in Christ. This means that we are all vitally joined to one another, with each contributing to the others. God’s marvelous grace imparts to each one of us varying gifts and ministries that are uniquely ours. So if God has given you the grace-gift of prophecy, you must activate your gift by using the proportion of faith you have to prophesy. – Romans 12:4-5 TPT
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| Guide for Bridge Group or Individual Practice |

What does the word “community” mean to you? 

One thing that really strengthens community is vulnerability.

Ask yourself or your group the following three questions:
  1. How do you feel when you are vulnerable about your weakness or a struggle? 
  2. How do you feel about another person when they are vulnerable about a weakness or struggle? 
  3. What was the difference between the answers of the two previous questions. 
The lesson: We feel that we will be perceived as weak when we are vulnerable, but we see others as courageous when they are vulnerable.

What makes you afraid to be honest with someone?
How have you been hurt by community before?
How does community hold you accountable?
How have you handled critiques/encouragement from a community?
How would you describe healthy in the context of community?
When was a time where having a reliable group would have benefited you?
Frequency is vital in a healthy community, do you make healthy community a priority during the week?
Healthy community involves transparency. What is hindering us from living transparent lives with each other.
Being in community means being in messiness. Our lives are just messy. How do you handle other people when they share their messiness with you?

Read Acts 2:42-47 and ponder what it looks like in your life.
When thinking of healthy community, do you view it as receiving benefits or creating an environment?