5/20 Community Vision 101: What You Need to Know

Q1:  LIFE Visions (Choose Life)

TOPIC 3:  COMMUNITY VISION

[This is Household topic 5 for 2012. Make sure you have discussed Household topic 4]


SESSION 1 – Community Vision 101:  What You Need To Know

1. Vision is a community achievement.

  • What we believe in, shapes what we see.
  • If you want the vision to materialize/succeed, you need everyone to help.
  • Everyone has to get involved, not just one or a few.
  • Everyone must internalize the vision – We are a body with many parts. (Please see CFC FFL Core Values)

1 Cor 12:

V 12   As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.

v14   Now the body is not a single part, but many.

v18   But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended.

v19   If they were all one part, where would the body be?

v20   But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

v24   But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it,

v25   so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.

v26  If (one) part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

V27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.

 

2. The implementation of the vision is only as good as its members.  And the success of memberships is only as good as and their relationships.

  • The community is based on personal commitments made to live out the vision.
  • Members are called to be faithful to the commitments they have made to the community, which reflects their commitment to Christ.  (They are called to commitment to Christ THROUGH the community.)
  • Members influence each other (either positively or negatively), to be Christ-like and life-giving.
  • The community forms us but we also form the community.

3. The strength of the community structure is the household.

  • In the HH, we tell our stories, we bond, we pray for one another, we build up the Body of Christ.
  • Faithfulness to small things, like tasks in the household, prepare us to be faithful in bigger things like service.
  • Members draw strength from the household, but must go beyond the household to the bigger community for nourishment and service.

4. The community is called to unity, not uniformity!

  • We aren’t meant to all think exactly the same way, but creatively live out our commitment to Christ.  At the same time, vision, mission and identity unite us.
  • We live in community, with unity in diversity.
  • What has kept us together, what brings us together is Christ.

 

Reference:  “Reason Informed by Faith” by Richard Gula

 

Discussion Starter:

What drives you to be in the community?  What drives you to stay?

What do you “get” out the community?  What does  the community “get” out of you?

Can you respect the differences among members and believe that Christ can still keep us together as members of One Body?

What leading from God are you getting about how you can make the community a better one?