What True Community Does
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
Jesus uses the word for love (agape) that means "unconditional" or "God-like" love. The hallmark of the Christian community, according to Jesus, is love. True, deep love for one another - that's what it looks like to be a real Christian.
And the results? Well, it will be pretty clear to the world around us that we're different. Everyone will know that we follow Jesus when we have that kind of crazy love for one another - regardless of our racial differences, our theological differences our political differences, etc. When people see a radically diverse group loving well, they'll know God is in the mix!
Pray for City Church of Long Beach today that we would be just that kind of community.