Jonathan Dodson, on the Resurgence, writes:
Biblical community is significant not because it makes you feel significant, but because it recognizes that Jesus is our common source of significance. The gospel, not people, becomes the means to the end of our identity. Our sense of acceptance flows from our relationship with Christ which, in turn, frees us to love and serve one another, instead of judging, demanding or ostracizing. We become a “one-another” community, freed by the gospel to love and serve each other. We are never too spiritually mature for the gospel.
[…] Does your church, community, small group, or missional community gather in anticipation of being reminded of the gospel, corrected in the gospel, motivated by the gospel, to sing of the gospel? If not, what can you do to reshape community expectations around the gospel, not community? Have you become too mature for community or too community-centered for the gospel? Consider how to make the gospel central, and community will follow.