Community: Living in Relationship

Summer 2016

Letter from the Editor

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

– C.S. Lewis

Dear Reader,

Living in community is both an everyday human reality and a vitally important aspect of Christian discipleship. One could easily assert that the primary focus of scripture is relationship—God’s relationship with humankind, humankind’s relationship with God, and the relationships between people in community. Consider this statement from Fuller Seminary President, Mark Labberton, on the significance of living in community:

“God has made us in and for communion—with God, with one another, and with the world. Nothing is more important to us than that. Yet human history and the Bible, too, make it clear that little is more difficult or more painful than our experiences of communion, broken and disappointed. The daily enterprise of our lives is all about how we will live in communion. We call it things like being in a family, having friends, hanging out, voting, going to work or to the store, cheering for our team, buying a cell phone, going to worship. ALL of it is about communion of some kind… Given the significance of communion to creation and human life in general, it is clearly central to the identity and life of God’s people. The Church is God’s communion with the world incarnate. It’s meant to be expressive of the sacrificial, free love of God for all. It is the peculiar beachhead of communion that is broken becoming communion that is restored in Jesus Christ.” (quote from the Micah Group Curriculum)

This volume of Resonance is dedicated to exploring the importance of community and how it should impact our lives as Christians. We will consider the significance of community from a variety of angles to deepen our appreciation and marvel at a God who desires to be in relationship with us. May the reflections found in these pages inspire in you a new sense of wonder at the gift of community and challenge you to live more intentionally in relationship.

Your servant in Christ,

Micah Lunsford
Managing Editor