READ : Philippians 1:4-8
Our first visit to Russian believers was in July, 1978, during the Cold War. Because we were visiting on our Independence Day, we were invited with other Americans to the 4th of July celebration at the American Embassy. We found the experience very interesting. We met a lot of very talented people.
The next morning we went to the crowded Moscow Baptist Church to participate in worship and communion. Our emotions overflowed in joy as we shared the cup and bread. Seldom had we felt so at one with God’s people! When we compared that worship time with the party of the previous day we concluded that fellowship in the gospel is the greatest common bond of love and excitement we can experience in this world! These ties will last throughout eternity.
Our major mission strategy in winning the world is through Christian community, where we demonstrate life as it is meant to be lived. Communities of love and acceptance, hope and vision, nurture and accountability demonstrate to the world that we “love one another.” Paul also writes about such fellowship because it develops as we are “partakers with him of grace” (v. 7, nkjv).
Lord, help us to develop examples before the world of loving communities. In Jesus’ name. Amen.