Is there such thing as an independent Christian? Every believer is baptized into a community of fellow travelers along the road to the celestial city. “So we too, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5). As pilgrims and strangers in this world we wish to accompany one another as we travel the road together.
A Better Way Community can totally identify with the early Christian church as described in Acts 4:32, “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” Likewise, we choose to share all things in common, pooling our resources, our homes, vehicles, personal equipment, strengths, talents, and musical gifts for the benefit of each other and those we have yet to meet.
Every member of the body of Christ has personality gifts. When we, as gifted people, gather together in Christ’s name, we produce a place where He can pour out His love “in the midst of them.” Our community began when two people joined together to double their resources and divide their expenses. Time and talents were combined and more is getting done for the saving of souls.
With the common goal to fulfill Christ’s commission to “feed my flock” and create a loving environment where the lost sheep can be brought back to the fold, love is practiced. Because we had to learn to accept each other’s short comings and weaknesses, a place for encouragement and exhortation was born. Brother and sister covenanted together in a place where love and unity is so essential for the work’s sake. Now we seek others who have the same heart to serve one another in a place where love and doctrine live side by side as we strive to live according to Biblical truth.
With love, acceptance, and obedience to His Word as our priorities, we now have a place where our Heavenly Father can pour out His Spirit and teach us what His truth is. Working together, we now have more time to actually study to learn the truth. We gather together morning and evening for songs, study, and fellowship. ”Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).
Living and laboring together in community is the best way we have found to practice forgiveness, humility, service, gratitude, worship, prayer, harmonious action, and the “that they all may be one’ of the New Testament to perfect our characters.
“Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). How can we do this if we are living solitary, independent lives?
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13). How do we know another’s mind in isolation? Isn’t this best accomplished through living with and loving our like-minded brothers and sisters?
We desire to unite with others who see their need of community; those who seek to live in peace and grow in trust for one another, who strive to be victorious in the unceasing conflict against the powers of darkness. God's people must press together in faith and love because where there is union, there is strength. “Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind" (Philippians 2:2). This is the keynote of the gospel. (The keynote of the world is self.)
We do our best to live as close to nature as possible; we enjoy a simple lifestyle while utilizing the ‘luxuries’ of electricity, running water, computers, and so on to accomplish as much as we can in the shortest period of time.
We operate a healing recovery spa in our Winnipeg home which we are using as a model of a medical ministry and desire to each others to do likewise. We spend most of the winter months in Costa Rica where we’ve started to band together with our believing brothers and sisters for what we call our ‘tropical community’ where we live as naturally as possible.
You are very welcome to join us on the road to the City of Gold!