WHAT WE BELIEVE
Community has fallen on hard times in our culture. It might be dying in the face of isolation, busyness and triviality. But in the New Testament community was an electric, indispensable reality. The community -- fellowship, communion, partnership-- that the first Christians shared wasn’t a common love of pizza, soda and a nice evening of fun with other churchified types. A shared life, a sense of being in something together with others, was absolutely necessary, given the life-and-death mission given them by Christ.
Tolkien got this right when he called his nine “The Fellowship of the Ring.” This was no chummy hobnob with apps, drinks and a game on web. It was an all-in, life-or-death shared venture in the face of great evil and overwhelming odds. It was not an isolated commune or a static mutual admiration society. It was a partnership, supporting one another on the journey and mission given to them.
At Upper Room this is our idea of community. This idea of partnership with Christ and with one another for a greater purpose beyond ourselves is drawing us away from the isolation, busyness and triviality and into genuine, organic relationship with others who are also on the way with Jesus.
“[The believers] devoted themselves...to fellowship…” Acts 2:42
Our first cry is "Jesus is Lord!"
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Gene discusses Mother's Day and the difficulty many face when this day arrives each year.
In this blog, we get to hear about our relationship with the Church in Nigeria and Marcus, our global pastor, shares about himself and what God has called him to do in Nigeria.
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As our small groups prepare to launch, Gene shares his thoughts on the importance of relationship with other and the community that small groups offer.