Community

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
~ Hebrews 10:24-25

Revival must begin in the individual, but it must continue in community. The very first thing that our triune God noticed about man is that he was not meant to be alone (Gen. 2:18), and from beginning of the Bible, God’s promises were to individuals who were to become people, a race favored by God (Gen. 17:4-5). And once we reach the time of the Promised One, even then our Savior chose not one man but twelve to be the conduit of the good news (Mark 3:13ff). The Lord is in the midst of two or three gathered in His name (Matt. 18:20). Over and over again, God reminds us to live and do the gospel in community.

In calling for revival, let us not forget that we are calling communities, too. As the writer of Hebrews says, we are to gather together in order to stir up love, do good works, and exhort one another. We build each other up and continue revival when we function as one body, as one universal church. Yes, the individual must move and believe on their own part, but it is only in community that we fulfill God’s desire for us, which is to be a people call by His name. And it is only a people called by His name who can call upon the Lord to turn the tide of evil and despair so that our land may be healed.

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About Glenn Pettit

I am a deacon at The Well of Iowa, and a father and grandfather. Called to teach and to preach, I write fresh messages about the Bible every now and then.
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