The Crucible of Community
In their book, “Slow Church,” Christopher Smith and John Pattison write: “Spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of community. Long term interpersonal relationships are the crucible of genuine progress in the Christian life. People who stay, grow. People who leave, do not grow. It is that simple but profound biblical reality that we both grow and thrive together or we do not grow much at all.” In this sermon, Pastor Jeremy explores the real-time implications of this reality for our life here at StAAC.
Paul Simon famously wrote and sung the words “I am a Rock, I am an Island” and while 100’s of thousands of people have sung along with him, the simple fact is that it isn’t true. None of us is an island unto ourselves – we are all linked to one another by God’s design. One of our prayer priorities as a
church family is that we might take greater ownership for one another in relationship leading to a greater experience of biblical community. In this series, we’ll explore what it means to be linked together and the responsibility we have to each other as a result of God’s master-plan.