When Upper Room thinks of church it doesn’t think of a building. Far from it. Upper Room sees church as the on-the-ground community of believers, who in space and time, make real the spirit and love of Jesus.


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

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