Why You Need Community

When people connect in community, they declare the reality of Jesus.

Bill Donahue is the co-author of Building Life-Changing Small Groups and former Director of Group Life at Willow Creek Community Church. In this clip, he shares the theological and biblical reasons that convince him that community is essential.

Three things typically characterize strong biblical community 
  1. Meets on a regular basis
  2. Has an intentional, specific purpose
  3. Challenges its members to grow

John 17:20-23 (ESV)

20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What is your community life like? Describe the culture and atmosphere of your time with your small group.
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How does your community encourage you to grow? Do you feel that you are being challenged enough by these relationships?
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In this next clip, Bill shares personal stories from his own small group community. He has already shared his theological conviction for small groups, and now see how God has shown him the power of community actually working in his own group life.

When you think of small groups, whom do you think of? What stories remind you why biblical community is so good?
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What lesson do these stories teach? What insight have these memories brought to your mind?
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We all get into slumps from time to time, wondering if our church attendance and community participation is worth the time and effort. However, as Bill has demonstrated with these lessons, the time we spend in community is good for us and for the church as a whole.