Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive. – Watchman Nee
At BLC, we firmly believe that people are more than numbers. People have names, personal stories, problems and possibilities. As a community, we are reminded that we are saints and sinners at the same time; we are always in a position in need for God’s grace. More so, as a community, we become Christ to each other – loving and serving each other by supporting, praying and blessing one another.
This is where we begin
This starts with a very fundamental understanding of Community Life here at BLC: We need each other.
Taken from the imagery found in I Corinthians 12:12-26, we see the BLC Family as one body with Christ as the head – each of us play our part towards the whole.
In fact, we believe –
COMMUNITY is the difference between:
BEING THE CHURCH and
GOING TO CHURCH
A safe place to build relationships
The Mission of BLC is to
Invite people into the reign of God,
Encourage them to grow in the Body of Christ, and
Equip them to be sent into the world
in the power of the Holy Spirit.
As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you – John 20:21
For us, community life supports our BLC mission by:
Encouraging a safe place to build
formative, caring and missional relationships
with each other
as an instrument, sign and foretaste
of Christ’s Kingdom
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35
How will we work towards this?
Through rituals, activities and general life together in BLC, we will encourage a safe place to build relationships that are:
- Formative – the Church as an instrument of discipleship that helps us become more like Christ
- Caring – our BLC community as an exemplary sign of God’s love for the world
- Missional – us living out God’s kingdom on earth as it is heaven, a foretaste of His full redemption
In so doing, we journey closer to each other and towards Christ as the center of our life together, encountering and being changed by Him, through the Word and Sacraments, by grace through faith.
“The church, not the individual, is the basic unit of evangelism. A community that lives out the truth of the gospel is the best context in which to understand its proclamation.” – Lesslie Newbigin
“We have been so soaked in the individualism of modern […] culture that we feel threatened by the idea of our primary identity being that of the family we belong to—especially when the family in question is so large, stretching across space and time. The church isn’t simply a collection of isolated individuals, all following their own pathways of spiritual growth without much reference to one another.” – N.T. Wright
What does Community Life entail?
For us, BLC Community Life is basically “life together.” Coming together and being together in various settings and occasions.
At the same time, the BLC leadership values highly the community life in the church and have appointed a “champion” – in the context of a Council Member, together with a team (called the “Core”) – to help support BLC’s community life. Together, they champion:
Building The Father’s House
Community life in the church is very fluid and complex. However, if you were to ask us – we think this diagram is a helpful model in framing our thoughts around community life. We think of it as how we would build “The Father’s House” (our nickname for Bangsar Lutheran Church):