God called God’s people into a community of faith. We are not independent of one another. At first it was a particular people – the Israelites. Later, the community was chosen by Jesus as the ones who would follow and support the vision for the kingdom of God. Today it continues to be those who are seeking God.
The church community is more than those who have already made a decision to be a follower of Jesus. The church is people who may not have accepted Jesus as their Savior. There may be people in the church who are not are what they believe, or they may be convinced that they believe differently. There are lots of people who are exploring faith, testing out something new, or seeking some type of community. It is like those who attend a bull riding event for their first time or just because it is going on nearby.
Our job as the church, those who are already disciples of Jesus Christ, is to create a place where others feel they belong. We are to create a community that welcomes others. Just as bull riding events usually have some explanations along the way so that everyone can feel apart, the church needs to do the same thing. We as members of the church need to do the same thing. When was the last time you created community? When was the last time you reached out to a new friend and invited that person to be a part of your life? Did you take the time, after forming a new relationship, to share what you believe? Did you invite them into your community?