What is Gospel-centered Community?
Community in creation, especially in humanity, reflects the nature of God Himself. God is triune; He is Father, Son, and Spirit. As such, God is communal and relational, and humanity is meant to reflect this essential aspect of God’s own nature.
While each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is neither private nor separate from other Christians. In fact, the Christian journey and its destination are always meant to be understood in the context of community with others. The Christian can no more live in isolation from other Christians than a brick can call itself a house.
Christian community is built upon the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and nothing else. While local congregations may enjoy all kinds of similar interests on superficial matters (such as song style, personal attire, and carpet color), the Gospel message itself is the bond that exceeds and obliterates all others. Real, genuine, and lasting community is, therefore, Gospel-centered Community.
Gospel-centered Community is experienced as church members lovingly engage one another for the sake of the Gospel, for the glory of God, and for their greatest joy. Life-on-Life Discipleship, Life Groups (small group classes), Fellowship events, Evangelistic efforts, and Prayer Meetings are the primary ways that we enjoy Gospel-centered Community at FBC Diana.

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:1-6).