The Importance of Community

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Two events in the news this week highlight the importance of community in an unpredictable and dangerous world.  DHMC administrators and local law enforcement are praising hospital nurses and employees for their response to Tuesday’s emergency lock down and shooting.  Likewise, school officials in the state of Washington are paying honor to the student who tried to confront a shooter in the hallway and as a result was killed.  Officials at the school confirmed that the quick thinking of a staff member lead to the gunman being brought into submission and prevented the loss of many more lives.


Although these incidents happened on opposite sides of the country, they each reveal the importance of having an environment where everyone is looking out for the interests and well being of one another.  Although there is no community that can guarantee complete freedom from danger, there is a community that provides us with the support, encouragement, and security we each need.  That place is the church, the gathering together of those who love Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and desire to follow Him.  Addressing first century believers living in uncertain times, the author of Hebrews writes, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see that Day approaching.”


Becoming part of a larger Christian community is necessary if you are going to grow spiritually.  So, get connected to others within your church by joining Prayer Night and Bible study class!


The start of another academic year is the perfect opportunity to remember the importance of learning and the value of a good education.  However, no education is complete unless it teaches us how to love God with every part of our being — including our heads!