Communities of Self-giving Love

From Experimental Theology (The thoughts, articles and essays of Richard Beck ):

Jesus is not asking us to love the world as isolated individuals. The call is to participate in communities of self-giving love. Either way, fear… is the enemy. A church comprised of fearful individuals is going to be unable to trust each other to the point of loving self-sacrifice. In such a church each member is expected to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining, making no demands upon others. But that’s not a church, that’s a club. It’s a community affiliating around common interests rather than a community based upon love.

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