If you know me well, you know that one of my greatest passions is to see genuine community in the American church. I refuse to be a complacent member of a church unintentionally fostering sin by ignoring community. To love the Gospel is to love community. It's not possible to know the grace of God and not love others who have experienced and know the same thing.
But here's the thing... authentic community is hard. Doing life alongside of folks isn't easy! I want to share with you a blog post written by a dear friend of mine. She's awesome. When I married the mister, this lady took me in and opened up her marriage to me. She shared with me the good, bad, and the ugly and inspired me that through it all God's grace is sufficient. All that to say, she lives out what she writes and I can attest to it. She's going to share a few reasons why she finds it so hard to live in authentic community.
So without further adieu, meet Leslie and I pray that this post inspires you like it did me. I'm going to give you a teaser here, but you'll have to go to Clapham Community blog to check out the rest.
"If you’ve been reading this blog, you have a good understanding on what it means to live in community and the Biblical reasons for doing so. I believe these reasons absolutely and the Spirit has been working in my life (and by my life, I mean the life of my husband and I) to ingrain these truths on my heart. I love the idea of living as community, I think it honors Christ and shows a beautiful picture of grace and the gospel to those inside the community and those seeing it from outside. But, the problem is, living in Biblical community is hard. It hurts and it takes a lot of effort, so I’m posting my top 3 reasons why I don’t want to live in community, in no particular order..." read more HERE
You're intrigued aren't you? You wanna read more right? Seriously, do it and be encouraged.
Much love yall.
PS. Cow pictures from Cow Appreciation Day are coming soon... Yall are awesome. Thanks for sending 'em in! There is still time if you haven't sent them to me yet... Send them to ThisSassySalmon@gmail.com. AND since Leslie guest blogged today, yes that is her with the mister a few years ago with some of our friends kiddos at CAD (still abbreviating... don't judge). She's the only adult female cow, you should be able to pick her out. ;)