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Confessions of an Introvert | Spotlight Arabah Joy

Possibly the scariest word in Christian circles is the word “community.” Seriously, if I’m sitting in church or at a Christian conference or concert or whatever and someone says something about talking in community or doing an activity to build community or sharing things in community… My shy little heart skips a beat or two. Or ten.
Because deep, Biblical, spiritual community can be terrifying — that thought of sharing our deep spiritual thoughts, struggles, sins, or even successes with others…

Like I said. Crazy heart pounding.

And I know in my head that it is Biblically designed to push us closer to Christ. God created us to need support from other Christians in this life.

He told us to…

• “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15)
• “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another” (James 5:16)
• “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:5)
• “Comfort each other and edify one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

But most of my story with community doesn’t look anything like that. Instead of connecting with people to encourage them in the Lord and to be encouraged, instead of finding ways that we could be the hands and feet of Jesus together, I left “community building groups” feeling stressed and just really resistant.