4 Qualities of a Thriving Biblical Community

"We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,
and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more,
and the love all of you have for one another is increasing." 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)

After our commitment to defending truth, goodness, and beauty, one of the best qualities our school has is community. Acts 2:42 tells us of the community of the early church, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (NIV) This verse highlights four qualities necessary for a thriving biblical community: the apostles’ teachings, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers. I have seen all four of these qualities reflected at Covenant.

The "apostles’ teachings" is the first attribute mentioned in the verse. During this time, the apostles still lived and so believers were able to hear the teachings from the apostles themselves. Unfortunately, the apostles have long since been called to heaven so we cannot listen to them with our ears. What we can do is read what they wrote and listen to and apply what they wrote to our lives. I have seen this devotion to the apostles’ teachings in every memory verse I hear recited in chapel, in the skillful quotation of scriptures employed by Mrs. Collins, our teachers, and my fellow seniors. I look forward to hearing the sophomores’ scriptural applications later this school year when they present their first chapel speeches.

The second necessary quality of biblical community mentioned in Acts 2:42 is "fellowship." This fellowship is much better than anything the world has to offer. It is an incredible kinship which it is difficult to define perfectly and it’s probably about the closest we can get to experience the closeness of the Trinity. I have observed this fellowship in the way in which new students have been welcomed into various grades, and the school as a whole, even if they arrive in the middle of the year.

The third principle of biblical community is "the breaking of bread," in other words, eating together. I observe and participate in this particular quality every day at lunch time when students sit and eat together and most especially when we have a house lunch with upper and grammar school student eating together.

The forth biblical principle of community depicted in Acts 2:42 is "prayer." The prayer being spoken of is group prayer, prayers like the prayers prayed during morning meeting, pep-rallies, before eating lunch.

I observe these four qualities of biblical community being lived out on our campus on a daily basis. Keep up the good work Patriots!

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Michael, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured above) on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.