Just as discipleship requires a life of dependence on God, it also requires a life of interdependence in which we recognize that life to the fullest involves the need for other people in our lives. Just as a communion with God results from our dependence on him, the fruit of our interdependence is the communion of the people of God, the Body of Christ.
The community of interdependence is the place where we move from a life of self-interest to a Spirit-infused, Christ-like, other-centered way of life (see Philippians 2:1-4). In the life of a church family, we call this fellowship. More than pot-luck dinners or conversation time before and after church, fellowship involves a mutual heart-level relationship grounded in the love of God that moves us forward in our way of imitating Jesus.
This kind of life happens within a church family with an emphasis on one another: love one another, greet one another, share with one another, accept one another, serve one another, forgive one another, teach one another, encourage one another, and so on. The fellowship of our church family, galvanized by one-another actions, is a testimony to the transforming power of the Spirit and love of God in a world that forgets God all too often.
Watch and listen as Nate Bundy, our Youth Minister, describes Live Connected from his experience.