The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines community as “a group of people who live in the same area.” You could also say that a community is a group of neighbors. When I was a kid growing up in Elberton, we had neighbors that were more like family. Our backyards connected to form one big backyard that we all shared. We would start out the day at one neighbor’s house playing, have lunch at the next neighbor’s house and wind up going to the Dairy Queen after dinner with another neighbor’s family. I’m not sure if life really used to be more simple or slower pace, but I do know that as I have graduated to adulthood life sure seems busier. The danger is that we can lose a sense of community and never know our neighbors. There are several key ingredients in a community of neighbors such as families, schools, hospitals, stores, civic clubs and the church.
While each component of the community has a vital role, the church has the unique ability to provide a point of connection for everyone. Jesus taught in Matthew 22:37-38 that the essence of the Christian faith is to “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” In these two commandments, we see the vertical relationship between us and God, and the horizontal relationship between us and our neighbors.
When you bring the two together, the horizontal and the vertical are pictured in the cross of Christ (+). The need for the love and gospel of Jesus Christ, is our point of commonality as a community. Centennial Baptist Church is privileged to be a church in our community. We want to get to know our neighbors as much as possible and serve our neighbors in any way possible.
I would like to personally invite all our neighbors to come for a FREE ‘community-building’ event this Saturday, April 5 at 11am, at the recreation field at Centennial Baptist Church at 5321 Brownwood Road. There will be a FREE hot dog lunch, egg hunt and door prizes!
But more than that, it will be an opportunity for us, as a community of neighbors, to get to spend some time together having fun! Invite your friends and family and let’s join together as a community of neighbors. I look forward to seeing you Saturday. *For more Centennial Baptist information . . . call 706-557-2120. To listen to Podcasts online, go to www.centennialbaptist.org/podcast.
Dr. Michael Stovall’s message is now online LIVE on Sunday mornings. The following link lets you watch a live stream of the message portion of our Sunday service! It will start at about 10:45-10:50 a.m. You will notice at the bottom right of the screen when we will be ON AIR. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cbc-sunday-worship . Also you can follow us on twitter @CBC_Ministry. Have a blessed day!