WHAT ARE 365 COMMUNITIES?
A 365 Community is a place to do life with God, with each other and with the surrounding community. Following are four aspects to a 365 Community:
  • Educate (Psalm 1; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 3:16)
One of the great tasks the church has been given is to educate people about the transformative love of God in Christ. One of our greatest tools to use in this education is the Bible!
  • Exalt (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Psalm 34:1-3; Psalm 63:1-4; Romans 12:1)
The Bible, however, is not a book merely to be learned in an academic sense – it is a book to be applied to one’s life. The first and greatest application comes in the response to “love God with all of our heart, mind, strength and soul.”
  • Encourage (Leviticus 19:18; John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-21)
Our second response to the transformative love of God in Christ is to “love one another.” It is in loving one another that we display our knowledge of God in human relationship.
  • Evangelize (Exodus 19:6; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8)
It is in understanding the fact that we are loved by God (education) – even though we did nothing to warrant such love – and responding to such love by loving God (exaltation) and loving one another (encouragement) that we become witnesses (evangelism) to the transformative love of God in Christ.
In 365 Communities we seek to help each other comprehend the love of God for us in Christ, a love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We then seek to live out this love individually and in community – loving God and loving each other. Lastly, we seek to have this love permeate the broader community in which we find ourselves.
A 365 Community may find themselves meeting in a church building, a home, or another public space. The simple mandate of these communities is to press in to the love of God in day to day life as taught in Scripture.
These gatherings, initially, would be for the purpose of fostering genuine community: a place to get to know one another, pray for one another, care for one another, and open the Scriptures together. Secondly, each gathering would also serve as a lighthouse in their community, becoming aware of community needs, getting to know their neighbors, and sharing the light of Christ through compassionate care as needs are discovered.