For the first half of 2017, we explored the need to grow spiritually through the practices of Spiritual Disciplines.  We believe that salvation is not the end but the beginning of our spiritual journey, and that God will continue to sanctify us to become more Christlike. One of the most important factors of our spiritual growth is the need for spiritual disciplines – understanding that spiritual disciplines are “means of Grace” that God provided for us so that we may grow in Him and live a life worthy of His calling.

Living a life worthy of His calling, however, is a communal call. It is a call that is not lived in seclusion, alone by yourself or in a vacuum, but in and through the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27). The body of Christ is the Church, or in our case, Hakka Methodist Church – the community that God has placed us in. So when we grow, we ought to grow together in Christ. Paul wrote in Hebrews 10:24 that we ought to “spur one another towards love and good deeds, and not giving up in meeting together” (Hebrews 10:24-25a)

While there are many definitions of a community (from Christian and secular perspectives) I think that a holistic, in-depth unpacking of the concept must look upon the true source of community: the Trinitarian God. The fact that we worship the Trinitarian God means that our God is communal in nature. The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit gives us a template of what it means to fellowship, submit, serve God, and serve one another. In short, the Trinitarian God gives us a blue print of how we should commune with God and with one another.

Thus lies the essence of our sermon series – the call towards Authentic Community by first examining what is true “communion” as intended by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It is a study of “Community through Communion”, or as I have sometimes mentioned it to some of the leaders, a study of “Communion-ity”.

It is our hope that through this series we will come to realize that our personal spiritual growth must ultimately contribute towards loving and serving one another in the community. May we journey together as the body of Christ; one that is real, relevant, and passionate to share Christ to others. May we become that Authentic Community that God calls us to be.

– Rev Irman Halim


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