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Post  Admin on Sun 13 Mar 2011, 12:30 pm

Community Commitment
by Sarah Phillips, Crosswalk.com Family Editor

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your
grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
2 Timothy 1:1-5

Who passed the faith on to you? Who gave you your first
Bible
or explained the meaning of the Cross in a way you could understand? Who
influenced you to keep persevering when you felt like giving up?

Not long ago, I was awakened to the necessity (and challenges) of passing on
the faith to the next generation.
I walked into a Sunday school classroom prepared to
assist the 8th grade teacher -- but she never showed. A family emergency
prevented her from arriving on the very first day.
Did I mention I'd never taught Sunday school before?

While my teaching skills won't be winning any prizes, we all walked away
mostly unscathed. But one thing became clear to me that day - these middle
schoolers need someone older and wiser to mentor them or their faith won't survive life's challenges.

Of course, we can't expect 8th graders to make radical, lifelong commitments
to Christ without assistance when even the apostles who personally knew
Jesus relied on one another to grow in faith. In Acts, we see Peter and the
others sorting out the details of early Christian
doctrine among each other. And Paul's letters, some of the most quoted
versus in the Bible, were written for encouragement and instruction to
individuals and Christian communities.

One reason we rely so heavily on one another is that God set it up that way.
He created the Church with Christ as the Head and you and I - believers --
as the Body:

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is
the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by
every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly,
promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:15 - 16

In our individualistic society it's easy to reduce faith down to a personal
preference or a private journey. But just as our bodies rely on our organs
to work together to thrive, the Body of Christ relies on its members to work
together to thrive. So whether we like it or not, we're part of a community
and people depend on us. While I don't always feel like the "perfect" Christian,
God wants to work through me - and you - to further His work here on earth.

Intersecting Faith & Life: We all have at least one person who acted as a
vehicle of God's grace in our lives. This week, honor a pastor or teacher
who was influential in your faith journey. If you're not already mentoring a
younger believer, find a way to get involved. You don't have to be perfect!

Further Reading:
1 Cor 10: 17
Colossians 2:4-12
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