A friend of mine told me the story of when he and his wife were heading to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. They were looking for an apartment but as it is with most house hunting experiences not much was turning up for them. Frustrated with the search, my friend decided to get something from the local grocery store after dropping his wife off at the hotel. After finishing his shopping he decided to look at the community board in the hopes that it would feature some possible housing options. As he glanced at the board he found the perfect place!!

My friend grabbed the flyer and quickly went back to the hotel. When he entered his room he excitedly told his wife that he found the perfect place for them. With his wife’s interest piqued he began listing all the amenities that came with this amazing place. The list included access to a pool, huge fireplace, community game nights, large gathering rooms, laundry service and food services! His wife was blown away but she figured there must be some sort of catch to all of this.

My friend proceed to tell his wife that the only catch was that they would be living in a retirement home. That was also the end of the conversation as his wife rolled her eyes at him.

The interesting thing that my friend pointed out was that what drew him most to the idea of the retirement home was not some of the laundry and food service options, but rather the idea of belonging to a community. He loved the concept of having community game nights, large gathering areas and a huge fireplace where people could meet. My friend mentioned that this idea of community seemed to him to best resemble what a church should be all about.

This week we will be studying two passages together. The first is the Great Commission that Jesus gives and the following passage comes at the end of Acts 2. As we explore these passages further we will be looking at the concept of what it means to be a part of a community of believers living life together. We will also be looking at the next step of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Will you join us as we try to develop a better community of Jesus followers here at the Lubbock Seventh-day Adventist Church?

Don’t forget to START WITH WHY
– Pastor Geraldo

**This story was adapted from a conversation with my friend, Seth Pierce and also his book entitled What We Believe: For Teens. Seth’s book can be acquired at the Texas Adventist Book Center.