How very good and pleasant it is when the kindred dwell together in unity.   (Psalm 133:1)

Since this is hopefully the beginning of a little online community, I could think of no better topic to begin with than community itself.  It’s a big subject, and a controversial one.  If you’re reading this post, there’s a pretty good shot that you belong to a different denomination than me, if not a different belief system altogether.  What I hope to offer to the conversation about  unity is not a pie in the sky hope of perfect unity and love amongst the Bride of Christ.  I’m not John the Baptist, cleverly disguised as Rodney King, crying “Can’t we all just get along?” out here in the post-evangelical desert.  We could talk about the Acts 2 church, and how they shared goods and meals and worshiped together, and say their church members were ideally committed to providing for each others’ needs, but we would only end up with an argument over whether they met in a house or at the temple, so I’m not taking that path.  We could talk about the blood and the body, but we Christians can’t even agree on the purpose and power of these.

Instead, I wanted to take a stab at defining some marks that we as believers should hold to that bind us together as community.  Again, it’s a big topic.  There’s already been about 2000 years worth of discussion on the things that bind us together, and those things that divide us.  Unfortunately, the things that divide us are the ones that seem to draw the most attention, and the things we believers focus on the most.  We’re going to avoid all the theological arguments about justification, methods of baptism, and spiritual gifts, and look at the things that should glue us all hopelessly together.

Being a complete liturgical, historical Christianity nerd, I went straight back in time to find some practices that imply that we are bound to one another;  that we are responsible for each others’ well-being;  that we’re in this boat together.  I came up with three ideas that I wanted to explore, three things that I believe define us as a community of believers when we participate actively in them:

1)  We are a people of Baptism

2)  We are a people of  Communion.

3)  We are a people of Creed.