In my last post I asked whether you can really have community online. I think it is crucial to define what is meant by community. At Southbridge we define community (which is one of our core values) as:
Genuine biblical community means living in caring relationships that are guided by biblical truth and grounded in spiritual accountability. We know that real and lasting life changes — spiritual transformation — occur in the unity and diversity of authentic relationships.
If we break this definition down aren’t all of these things possible and happening online?
Can we live in caring relationships?
Can those relationships be guided by biblical truth?
Can those relationships be rooted in spiritual accountability?
Is life change occurring in the unity and diversity of authentic relationships?
I will attempt to answer these questions in my next post. What do you think?