I’ve recently taken up a new hobby. It’s a learning curve and I definitely couldn’t figure it out on my own. A few of us are doing it together and that’s a huge help but we’ve also joined a forum.

If you don’t know what a forum is, it’s like a place where people gather and share stories, tips, reviews, and just have a good time all on the computer.

Now forums are usually crammed full of craziness and crazies. But this forum was so interesting because of one simple thing:

Sharing

The term sharing has become synonymous with Social Media in the past few years. But sharing is an aspect of biblical community that we discover in Acts

44And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.45They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

-Acts 2:44-47

and in Titus

2Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.

3Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
-Titus 2:2-5
Sharing is about not just our advice and mentoring, Titus 2, but also about our possessions and materials. This forum that we’ve joined has been a great place to learn about our new hobby, but it’s been great because of the immense amount of sharing. Sharing of tips and tricks, things that they’ve learned over the years and stuff that we can’t miss out on. But they also share of their resources. They randomly gift people on the forum and they also help newbies by trading equipment with them.
It’s been a cool way to think about church in this way. Do I think we need to start Christianity forums everywhere? No. But what if you treated your neighborhood in this way. Not only that but your kids learn about sharing early on in school. Do you model sharing in your neighborhood? Are you mentoring others and sharing your resources with them?
Let us begin to get back to primary school and share some more.