The Blessings of Community

God gave us the gift of the church to help meet our need for love, support, and encouragement from others. When the church is functioning well, it’s a healthy community that motivates one another to be their best. Check out these 15 passages that show us what true community is all about.

Strength (Acts 18:23) 

“After spending some time in Antioch, Paul went back through Galatia and Phrygia, visiting and strengthening all the believers.”

Love (John 13:34-35) 

“34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Shared Resources (Acts 2:44)

“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.”

Encouragement (1 Thes. 5:11)

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

Motivation (Hebrews 10:24)

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”

Different Gifts (1 Peter 4:10)

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”

Building Each Other Up (Romans 14:19)

“So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.”

Acceptance (Romans 15:7)

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”

Care (1 Corinthians 12:25)

“This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.”

Carrying Each Others’ Burdens (Galatians 6:2)

“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”

Teaching & Counseling (Colossians 3:16)

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”

Accountability (Hebrews 12:15)

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”

Confession & Healing (James 5:16)

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

Sympathy (1 Peter 3:8)

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.”

Family (Ephesians 1:5)

“5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”