Select Your Destination
 

< Feature Stories >

Morton Jones Trophy

Advice From UPMC Doc

National program lays wreaths on veteran's graves

Non-profit maintains humane, population-control through spay and neuter

The Eaton Calendar

Yellow Basket Shop hosting family event this weekend!

YMCA offers Join Fee discounts in local business partnership

 
 
 

Back to Basics – Community

What does a true community look like?

 

by Mike White - September 23, 2016

Christopher Knight was a shy introverted high school student who decided to get away from it all. One summer day in 1986 he decided to venture into the woods and cut off all human contact. And he wouldn’t speak to another person again for 27 years.

How did he survive? He stole. He committed over 1,000 burglaries, robbing the same camps and cabins dozens of times until he was finally caught in 2013. When interrogated it was obvious that he hadn’t spoken in so long that his vocal chords had atrophied and he found articulating his thoughts extremely difficult. He also developed many weird traits that can only be explained by the fact he didn’t have someone else to help him change. He needed community.

It’s human nature for us to become part of communities. We join athletic teams and clubs, and clubs and societies, and most importantly, we form organic friendships with those around us. It’s interaction which helps us to develop and change. Maybe you sometimes feel isolated or lonely at times. Maybe you’re struggling to find community that welcomes you where you feel comfortable.

Jesus describes ideal community as fellowship or “koinonia.” It means to share something in common. And the church is where this “koinonia” happens. Everyone shares in their relationship with Jesus. The Bible illustrates this community as a body where christ is the head and we are its members, his hands and feet. And every part of the body has a different purpose and it functions best when all its members are unified. The hands need the feet. The eyes need the hands for the whole body to function properly. When we’re unified we suffer together, we rejoice together. We need each other. And through a unified body our spiritual gifts are given purpose as we work together.

This “koinonia” is a means by which Christ changes us and grows us.

If you’d like to talk to me about community, feel free to email me at mike@wellsborobible.com.

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Mike White

Videography: Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Mike White

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by UPMC Susquehanna, Sherwood Motel

< Current Stories >

 

See More Current Stories

 

Panthers top Hornets 17-14 on Senior Night

September 21, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

September 19, 2020

 

Keep Your Immunizations Up to Date

September 18, 2020

 

National program lays wreaths on veteran's graves

September 18, 2020

 

Non-profit maintains humane, population-control through spay and neuter

September 17, 2020

 

The Eaton Calendar - Update

September 16, 2020

 

Yellow Basket Shop hosting family event this weekend!

September 16, 2020

 

YMCA offers Join Fee discounts in local business partnership

September 15, 2020

 

Hildebrand scores win 67 in 48-6 victory over CV

September 14, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

September 12-13, 2020

 

Our love and care for one another became our focus as a nation.

September 11, 2020

 

Masking advice from Dr. Clark of Laurel Health Centers

September 10, 2020

 

Step Outdoors and run, kayak & bike across Hills Creek!

September 9, 2020

 

A local manifestation of John 17:20-23

September 8, 2020

 

Communities invited to celebrate at local branches

September 7, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

September 5, 2020

 

Take a tour of this cozy Hickory Terrace townhouse!

September 4, 2020

 

There's plenty of space and potential in this lovely ranch!

September 3, 2020

 

Arcadia Theatre reopens Sept. 3 with safety measures

September 2, 2020

 

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives, including education

September 1, 2020

 

March and service in Mansfield honors frontline workers

August 31, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

August 29, 2020

 

Hybrid Child Care Program aids parents during school year

August 28, 2020

 

This special fundraiser is almost over!

August 27, 2020

 

Complete Count Committee updates community on census

August 26, 2020

 

Children & stuffed animals invited to special family event

August 25, 2020

 

Tips for natural hair care & donating to kids in need!

August 24, 2020

 

Highlights from the past week's broadcasts!

August 22, 2020

 

Wellsboro Bible ice cream truck shares free treats

August 21, 2020

 

How To Protect Yourself From The Heat

August 20, 2020

 
 

Load More Stories