Community - A Little Bit More

We come to Christ as individuals, broken and lost, without hope and without God in the world.  But praise God, He did not leave us that way!  Through His son Jesus, God has reconciled us to Himself and by His Spirit has baptized us into one body.  Our unity glorifies God and validates Christ before a watching world. Our disunity brings reproach on the name of Christ, hinders God’s work in and through the church and may even be fatal to us as individuals! Therefore, at Community Vineyard, we will “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

As members of Community Vineyard, we covenant together to resist the schemes of the enemy to divide us and we will “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Further, we will “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. [We will] be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave [us.]”  We agree together that we will not speak badly about one another nor listen to a bad report about one another.  We agree to handle offenses that arise in a biblical manner.

We further agree that, as members of Community Vineyard, each of us will make it a priority to attend the corporate meetings on Sunday mornings and also be involved in a home group, bible study or other small group on a regular basis.  It is in these small groups that true community is nurtured, the “one anothers” of scripture can be lived out, accountability can be realized, spiritual gifts can be exercised and individual ministry can take place.   

Involvement in a small group is so important to the health of the body corporate’ and to each of us individually it must no longer be viewed as optional for members of Community Vineyard.  Each member agrees to participate regularly in a small group.  One of the many home groups, men’s and women’s bible study and prayer groups, the adult Bible class or fellowship groups or even regular ministry team leaders meetings can provide that necessary connection to a small group.  To qualify as a small group there must be regular meetings, there must be prayer for one another, and there must be a leader or a facilitator who then reports to the small group coordinator or pastor.  We will strive to keep these small group meetings relevant and valuable so that people want to attend.

In order for Community Vineyard Church to accomplish the destiny that God has ordained for us, we need to be connected to God and connected to one another in unity.  Serving the Lord as individuals is good but we can only do so much on our own.  But together we can and will do those ‘greater things” of which Christ spoke. Sunday mornings then become a time of celebrating what God is doing throughout the week throughout the body.