Community is a group of individuals, connected to each other by one or more attributes for the good of the whole.  In a community setting, there is usually a great sense of belonging, which is greatly facilitated by established pattern of trust, co-operation and organization. This invariably results into great benefits to every member of the community.  This furthermore brings about profound mutual relationships among member of community.  There are four principal factors that points to great potential strength in a rural community.  These are:

i.   Membership

ii.  Influence towards one another

iii.  Integration: that is, members get what they hoped to get;

iv.  Sharing emotional connection

The Book of Acts 2:42-47 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
shows the early Christian community that emerged in Jerusalem after Peter’s preaching as a community of converts.  Their lives arose from what God had done in their lives, so they flowed from their relationship with God and not on their businesses.  They made great demands on their time and possessions.  They have their four vital functions like the general community.

  1.  They devoted themselves to the teachings of the apostles – Rom.10-17,So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Col. 1:28,Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Col. 3:16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
  2. They devoted themselves to fellowship – Heb 5:25
  3. They devoted themselves to “breaking of bread” – Luke 21:19; In your patience possess ye your souls. and
  4. They devoted themselves to prayers – 1Thess 5:25Brethren, pray for us.

Our church must have a community that does not lack the liveliness of the community in the Book of Acts 2:42-47 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
because it supports Christian faith.  We all are at times. There are times we look for somebody to show he or she cares.  Jesus said, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” – Luke 6:31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise..  We must give help to members in need, watch out for one another and not in criticism but with love as one body in Christ.  We must remember that whatever we do to the least of our brothers, we do to Christ Himself – Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me..  Our unity and selfless service in the things of God gives us a sense of belonging to a great community.