The Secret to Creating [Church] Community

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Dane Ortlund:

“The biggest problem people have in searching for community is just that. You don’t find community; you create it through love. Look how this transforms the way you enter a room full of strangers. Our instinctive thought is, “Who do I know? Who am I comfortable with?” There’s nothing wrong with those questions, but the Jesus questions that create communities are, “Who can I love? Who is left out?”

Here are two different formulas for community formation:

1. Search for community where I am loved: become disappointed with community
2. Show hesed love: create community”

–Paul Miller, A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships (Crossway, 2014), 100; italics original

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I am currently serving churches and colleges as a bible teacher, overseas and in the UK.

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