Community: "Belonging In Community"

Randy Christian

Human beings are created to live in relationship with others.  We need to be with others—we need to know we belong with others.  But Christians don’t belong in the world—the very word translated “church” in the New Testament means “the called out”.  So who do we belong with and to?  And knowing we belong, how do we related to those who feel alienated from others in the middle of millions of people?

COMMUNITY - Belonging In Community study guide

To Believe And Live: Suffering

August 8, 2010Randy Christian

The last hours of Jesus’ life are often referred to as “The Passion”. The reason is that the word “passion” used to mean more than intense desire for something—it meant intense feelings of many kinds, including suffering. Suffering isn’t a word most of us want to hear, but it was key to God’s plan. Jesus’ suffering defined his life and how he affected others. We need to understand his suffering and what it means in our lives today.