Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rethinking "Community"

Over at Bino's Branch of Vine blog, there's a new post entitled Rethinking ' Community'. Bino shares some great thoughts regarding what true community is. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, I would highly recommend it. He'll challenge your thinking and may excite you about the possibilty of experiencing the real thing.

6 comments:

Nicole's Godblog said...

Aida,

Good idea that you posted that post on your blog! It has been really encouraging to see all of these people where we are with Father. Isn't it exciting to see Father putting poeple together the way he is!?

I am real excited!

Love!
In Freedom, Nicki!

Aida said...

Hi Nicki,

I think Bino's blog is a great description of true community. For the most part, we haven't seen or experienced the real thing in "church." Bino does a great job of pointing out what it really looks like.

I believe this grace blog community of believers is the closest I've seen to true community. I'm glad you're here. I knew you'd like and appreciate these folks.

When I think about the online gathering of this group, I think it satisfies the description given in 1 Corinthians 14:26. "What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church."

No super stars over here. Just a group of brothers and sisters who share what Father is teaching them so that everyone else can also learn and be encouraged. That to me is what true community really is.

Aida

Bino B. Manjasseril said...

Thanks Aida for linking to my post.

I am not trying to be a 'revolutionary' but I think God is doing some revolutionary things in my mind about the concept of 'church' and community. I want to know what He thinks about the whole thing. One thing he made it so very clear in the Scriptures is that He is absolutely not at all interested in any form religion. I wouldn't imagine that He wasted so many pages of the Bible exposing the problems of religion to the Pharisees of His time. Chapters such as Mathew 23 addressing this very issue.

I hoping to be teachable to what ever He wants to teach me.

Aida said...

Hi Bino,

Your post was really good and I thought anyone who didn't know about your blog needs to read it. After reading what you wrote, I think many will be eager to experience the community that you've described . . . real people sharing real lives together.

I like the fact that Father is doing some revolutionary things in your mind to get you to start re-thinking some things. For too long, we've just accepted what we've been told even when we had that litle nagging feeling that things just weren't right. Since we'd been taught that leadership knew best, we just assumed we were wrong.

Well, thank goodness, the veil has now been lifted but, when someone has been kept in the dark for so long, it takes a while for their eyes to adjust to the light. I'm glad you're questioning and challenging and have invited us along to hear what Father is showing you.

Aida

Carol said...

I am having so much fun reading all of the posts. Since this site is fairly new to me, I am reading posts back from 2008. This is the greatest community of people that I have come across. I am so glad the veil has been removed for me and all of you. I haven't met anyone in my city of Wil., NC that is on the same journey I am on. All of you mean so much to me. It’s true for so long, I was being lead by sheep and not the Shepherd. Father called me out of organized religion long before I came out. I was afraid to leave. I thought something was wrong with me feeling like I didn't belong in Any church setting. Even pulling my car in the church parking lot made my spirit want to scream. My spiritual "yuck meter" was off the chart. I even visited 6 or 7 other churches just to be sure I wasn't the problem. Being told when to say Amen and turn around 3 times and high five your neighbor made no sense to me.
Being Free is worth more to me than any amount of money.
Aida, Nicole, Bino and others I didn't name you are priceless! Love to you all.

Aida said...

Carol, it's wonderful to hear from you and your excitement has energized me. Even though I'm not blogging as regularly as I once did, it's encouraging to know that what I've written is still touching people's lives. This blogging community was wonderful and being part of it was one of the most fulfilling times of my life.

I've grown more as a believer since I discovered the freedom that's available to us in Christ than I ever did when I was tied to a religious system. As you said, freedom really is a gift worth more than all of the money in the world. Your story is so familiar and I know many can relate to what you've said. Unfortunately, the religious system that's in effect in most churches today tends to dummy down and hinder the people from hearing the voice of their own spirit. It really is silly to tell us when to sit or stand and when to greet our neighbor.

Please send me an email if you'd like to talk more. My contact information is on my blog. Just click on "View My Complete Profile" and it'll take you there. Thank you for writing and sharing your heart with me. Looking forward to getting to know you better.