Gospel community is built through meetings and moments. Meetings are those scheduled gatherings of the church–Sunday morning worship, evening small group, early morning men’s or women’s groups. At these meetings the church sings together, prays together, studies the Word together, encourages each other in love toward God and one another. We gather in the presence of our Lord and in the unity of the Spirit to know and love the gospel more deeply. But “moments” are crucial to gospel community as well. Moments of personal encouragement, sacrifice, confession, warning, celebration, commiseration. These might happen within a meeting or outside a meeting. Gospel community moments happen when one Christian takes the initiative toward another to fulfill our community calling. Moments require thoughtfulness and intentionality. Moments build upon each other and the gospel community is established.
Large meetings without personal moments can eventually feel like an anonymous religious organization. Personal moments without the large meetings can cause us to forget that we belong to a whole community in Christ. Here’s the question for us–what meeting, or moment, can we invest in this week? Don’t despise the value of your voice added to the church’s singing on Sunday and don’t minimize that extra phone call, text, conversation, babysitting, extra meal, or house project help at some point this week. Meetings and moments build gospel community–let’s enjoy and prioritize them both.