Community (John 13:34–35; Acts 2:42–47)
Our understanding of Christian relationship derives from God’s very nature. The Godhead demonstrates the eternal relationship and community among the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are made in God’s image, and our desire and love for Christ and his love for us give us a deep desire to be more like him and carry his relational qualities. In John 13:34–35, Jesus says, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Because we as a community of believers experience God’s love, we are to be intentional in our love for God and one another so that we extend the love of God to the world. We therefore live, love, serve, and worship in community to the glory of God. In turn, we become more like Jesus and selflessly give ourselves in service to the world through acts of love.