Stephen Matthew - Church Consultant & Author

Cohesive Community

To truly represent Jesus and be the church He promised to build (Matthew 16:18), each local church must be a true community.

We use the word community in many ways these days but its Latin root is the word ‘common’. A community is therefore a group of people who have something in common and that ‘common thing’ unites them.

If asked what the ‘common thing’ is that your local church gathers around, what would you say? Probably, “Jesus”, and you would be right because “in Him all things hold together(Colossians 1:17). But that is a very broad theological truth which needs more definition to be visible, particularly if it is to be seen and understood by the unsaved.

A fragmented, disunited or factious church was never what Jesus had in mind. He intended us to be His Body – a visible, united entity at the core, which would then express His life in a multitude of ways through our local personalities and in our local cultural contexts. And to do that, we need to be cohesive.

Is your local church a cohesive community? To be so, everyone needs to know what the ‘common things’ are that you gather around and express Christ’s mission through. Unless you know them and believe in them deeply, you will never fully involve in that local church community and reap all the consequent blessings.

In this message I explore what it means to be a truly cohesive community, something we all want to be a part of. So listen up and learn how to play your part in building one in your locality.



Stephen Matthew is a gifted Bible teacher, author and committed church-builder with over 35 years of experience in Christian ministry.