Is Community proximity?
I have been thinking a lot about community.
Acts 4:32 says "the whole congregation of believers was united as one-one heart, one mind! They didn't even claim ownership of their own possessions. (The Message)
We live in a cul-de-sac we moved there to be more in proximity of our church so we could have more opportunity to build into the community which we have put our spiritual roots.
We had no idea what God had in store for us in this move.
Upon moving in we found that the neighborhood was friendly in a way that we were unfamiliar with.
We had a neighbor who upon seeing I didn't yet possess a lawn mower offered his whenever I had need of it.
We have had opportunity by proximity to bless those who we live near in our church, such as seeing one of our youth walking near our house and picking them up and having them for dinner and taking them to their event later.
Also by living where we do we have had the opportunity to expand who watches our children, and we have been blessed by some of the teens in our church and there caring for our children.
Acts 2:46 says that the believers met daily in the temple, that they broke bread in there homes.
I believe community is strengthened by proximity, because it allows us different opportunity and the lack of proximity can be a deterrent for building stronger relationships.