The First Community
November 1st, 2018 | Genesis 2:16-25
According to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center, a little over half of all U.S. adults say that they have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives. For Christians, church should be more than a social convention—it should be an important part of their spiritual identity. This month we will be learning about the nature of the church and its ministries.
Although the church had its birth on the day of Pentecost, its roots go back much further. In a way, the idea of a people of God goes all the way back to creation. In Genesis 2 we learn that God’s vision for humanity was one in which those He created would not live in isolation (v. 18). Community is more than a sociological phenomenon, it is a divine creation.
The Genesis account reveals two important features of the nature of this first community. First, it was diverse. God created humanity to reflect His image through the fundamental difference of male and female sexuality. They were alike and yet different.
Second, the two that made up the first human community were mutually dependent upon one another to fulfill their calling. Because Eve was bone of Adam’s bone and flesh of his flesh, she was the only one suitable to share in the mission of forming the society that God had in mind.
By the end of our study, we will see how God plans to fulfill this grand vision for His creation. We will also learn of the role that the church plays in this plan. At its very center we will find Jesus Christ. He is the chief cornerstone upon which the church is built (Eph. 2:20).
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God’s vision of community looks like a family. The first step in finding your place in God’s plan for the church is to enter into a relationship with Him by faith. If you are already a believer, think about your own church. What would a family portrait look like? If you are not yet part of a church, ask God to help you find one.
Today in the Word’s Devotion is a production of Moody Global Ministries
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