Our hope through JCC Community is to deepen devotion to God and connection to others as we seek to learn and live the Way of Jesus.
A Jesus Center Church "Community" is...
- anywhere from 6-12 people sharing a meal face to face
- for 6 weeks in a row, followed by 2 weeks "off"
- with the intention of growing in our discipleship to Jesus.
Sunday Gatherings and JCC Community together constitute "church."
Therefore we set aside time to spend with one another during our JCC Community rotations. But that doesn't mean it comes easy. Through working at fellowship we remember we are in Christ together.
When Jesus said "by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35), he knew that his death and resurrection would eliminate animosity and open up fellowship in an unprecedented way. Because of this new relationship all boundaries that separate people are now removed in Christ (Ephesians 2:13-16). We join together to participate in Christ's mission, and one of the highest forms of fellowship is providing for one another's needs.
Reasons we gather:
- JCC Community expands fellowship: Fellowship is the cornerstone of Christianity (1 Cor. 12:12). Sin brought separation from God, and separation from God led to separation from each other. But, restoration with God brings restoration with each other. Finding fellowship within a community group builds on this new relationship with God and proves to be vital to maturity.
- JCC Community helps us better understand God’s word: The Bible is authoritative because God possesses all authority and he uses the Bible as the witness and the vehicle of his authority (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Adhering to God’s authority and studying within a community group exponentially increases a person’s understanding of God. We have found that learning others perspectives of Scripture expand our view of God, help put our views into words, and openly deal with questions.
- JCC Community provides an actual network of support: A community group will open opportunities for many different types of support. For example, regular prayer unites the group and regularly reminds of God’s provision. We long for God, and our prayers connect our reality to the living God. To support one another in prayer, along with other types of support, is a great privilege.
- JCC Community carries out God’s mission in specific neighborhoods: The church is on mission because God is on mission. A community group supplies opportunities to share and show this mission – God’s love for the world. A local community group feels the pulse of needs within the community and is able to nimbly and appropriately respond.