NEIL T ANDERSON
Aloneness can lead to loneliness. God’s preventative for loneliness is intimacy – meaningful, open, sharing relationships with one another. In Christ we have the capacity for the fulfilling sense of belonging which comes from intimate fellowship with God and with other believers.
DWIGHT D EISENHOWER
This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.
Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world.
The Church does not need brilliant personalities but faithful servants of Jesus and the brethren. Not in the former but in the latter is the lack.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
He (God) usually prefers to work through people rather than perform miracles, so that we will depend on each other for fellowship.
Some Christians try to go to heaven alone, in solitude. But believers are not compared to bears or lions or other animals that wander alone. Those who belong to Christ are sheep in this respect, that they love to get together. Sheep go in flocks, and so do God’s people.
We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have
to be is what we are.
We are called to be strong companions and clear mirrors to one another, to seek those who reflect with compassion and a keen eye how we are doing, whether we seem centered or off course … we need the nourishing company of others to create the circle needed for growth, freedom and healing.
Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this.
The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.
It is theoretically and practically impossible to build any community apart from love and justice. If only one of these two is focused upon, an inevitable extremism and perversion follow.
ALICE BARTOW HOBENSACK
It is in our hands — yours and mine, each person here today — to make a decision to work, to work together, and to work with others around the whole world, to build friendship, and love, and understanding among all people.
Human fellowship can go to great lengths, but not all the way. Fellowship with God can go to all lengths.
It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.
We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.
The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and His work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.
The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified.
The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
First, we are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
CLOVIS G. CHAPPELL
We get in the grip of doubt and straightway we turn from the fellowship of those who know the Lord to the fellowship of those who confessedly do not know Him.
Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.
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.
A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.
We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
CORRIE TEN BOOM
When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.
Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.
Simply being with other people who are also seekers and who are involved in the same quest you are is very meaningful.