JESUS CREATES a community of disciples, and they journey together with Jesus for years while learning about God. Jesus uses this model to teach us. When I am disconnected from a community of faith, my own personal faith development slows down. Through my own experience, I have found two overarching characteristics of faith communities that help me grow closer to God. First, the worship of the community must be vibrant, and, for me, music is central to that purpose. In fact, I’m not sure I would know how to worship God without music. Second, the community has to feel warm and inviting. My worship community needs to be a place where I feel welcomed and encouraged to meet and form relationships with others.
Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God
From page 41 of Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
—Matthew 18:20, NRSV
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