There are many ways to learn how to live in community. Here are lessons about living in community from a homeless population in my state.
Collection of Blog Posts - Small Groups, Bible Study, Community, and Transformation
Welcome to the Working to Live Differently blog on finding, becoming, and living in Christian community. My goal is to show how to encourage personal and community growth through a process that looks like this:
- share honestly with yourself, God, and other people
- connect with God and people
- build and become part of a group with a sense of belonging
- learn and grow through Bible study and Bible doing
- inspire others and be inspired
- share your experiences (successes and failures) to continue the process of connecting, belonging, and growing
Blog posts include how-to articles and reflections on leading small groups, developing friendships, building community, studying the Bible, and achieving personal and group goals. I also write on developing physical endurance, which I believe offers insights into spiritual endurance and perseverance while giving us a way to connect with people, God, and ourselves.
You may look to the Book of Job to understand suffering. Job’s story also provides insights for transforming broken relationships into a healthy, supportive community.
Reading the Book of Job can be confusing. But the book provides insights into how courage and honesty with God can transform us.
“The Power of Full Engagement” contains case studies of changes made by real people. Learn to transform work and home life not by working more hours but by more fully engaging in all you do.
“Two Old Women,” a book based on an Alaskan legend, is a survival story with a twist. It contains excellent lessons on personal and community transformation for old and young.
Jacob and Esau were estranged for many years. Their reconciliation provides lessons on community transformation.