Church and Community  Part 1

Community is a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.  The Church is neither a denomination nor a building. It is not the people but it is the sum total of all the ministries (Christ in us), the Bride of Chris.  The first word Christian was used in the Book of Acts when the community observed the deeds of the disciples.

In the 19th century what is the role of churches our community, the missionaries set a pace to follow, the missionaries built schools, hospitals to better the community and the society and  also maintained the schools in terms of human resources, discipline and infrastructure. The tuitions were reasonable and affordable , today the story is different, the Christian schools are business orientated and only the rich could sent their children to such schools.

The impacts of missionaries were felt in every area of our community, the Baptist, Methodist, and Christian Missionary Society (CMS) and others not mentioned.  The impact of our Lord Jesus is always felt in any community He visited. During the three years of Jesus’ adult ministry, He often walked the streets and countryside of the land and taught the people. Many times large crowds would gather to hear what He had to say. These crowds would follow Him for great distances and for long periods of time. It was at the end of one of these teaching sessions, towards the end of the day, that the story of Jesus feeding five thousand men took place.  We learn from Matthew’s account that Jesus had been healing the sick (14:14). Luke also says that Jesus was speaking to them about the Kingdom of God (9:11). John 6:2 tells us that many followed Jesus because they had witnessed the healings that He was performing. Jesus cares about our spiritual needs, but also our physical needs, such as food and clothing

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Comment by Maimbolwa Muliwana on May 23, 2013 at 1:56pm

This is true! Today churches have become personal businesses owned by selfish individuals with selfish agendas. They are concentrating on gathering wealth for their own bellies and neglect the orphans and widows, the poor, the needy and just like they have neglected this noble task so has God done to them. Religion is a man-made tool. Jesus Christ never came to form a religion but came to preach the mesage of the Kingdom of God and encouraged all to enter the Eternal Kingdom of God. Let us all uphold the Kingdom message.

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