“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself on new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”
– Ephesians 2:14-16
We cultivate community because Jesus created a new community for us. The gospel informs how we cultivate community. The only reason we can know and love each other in deeply personal ways is because Christ’s death on the cross for sins destroyed the barrier that separated us from God and each other. Jesus built a new community through His death and resurrection so that we have freedom in Christ to step into each other’s lives and help one another love Jesus.