by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay
Everyone’s talking about community, Everyone seems to want it, most complain if they don’t find it, but it’s harder to pull off than you’d think. As we said in The Tangible Kingdom, God’s ways are natural, but they aren’t easy – especially at first. New ways of life must be formed in us through hours, days, and years of intentional practice.
Galatians 5 tells us, « So I say live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. »
Sure, we all know we need this thing called « community » and we even have an inkling telling us that our friends need it too. Yet, a Grand Canyon-sized gap exists between our hopes and our realities.
That’s where this primer comes in.
The Primer is about building life-long habits, with two primary purposes: first as a formation tool to prepare your heart for mission, and second as a field guide for starting mission together. So whether you’re a pastor hoping to reinvigorate your church, a planter needing to get your people on the same page, a small group leader wanting to push your friends into mission, or a regular guy (or gal) looking to start something new–get started with this Eight-Week guide to Incarnational Community.