Reflection Questions Regarding Community

I recently preached a sermon from Ecclesiastes 4:7-16 on "The Essentiality of Community."  As I prepped that message, I had the opportunity to flesh out and whittle down some fundamental convictions regarding community.  Namely,

  • Community isn’t optional for the Christian and it’s not "just" important. It’s essential.
  • The gospel isn’t optional for true Christian community and it’s not "just" important. It’s essential.
  • We were made by a Triune Community (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) for community in order to grow in community as a community thereby glorifying our Maker, the Triune Community.

 

As a part of that sermon, I provided several reflection questions regarding community that the text in Ecclesiastes 4 surfaces.  Below is a list of those questions.  I include them here in hopes they may be helpful to some:

  1. Do you have spiritual friends close enough to know how and when to hold you accountable to your most vulnerable areas of temptation?
  2. Do you have spiritual friends close enough to know how and when to encourage you?
  3. Do you have spiritual friends who love you enough to come after you with the gospel when you fall?
  4. What pursuits in your life stand in the way of deep, authentic, gospel-centered Christian community?
  5. What is it about your "self" that isolates you from community?