How To Be Your Best Self

By: Allen Smith

If you’ve been around Bay Area this past year, you have heard us say that we are Better Together. You might wonder where we
got this value. You also might wonder what it means practically at Bay Area Community Church. And that’s what I’d like to address in this editorial.

Where does the value of “Better Together” come from?

Although many businesses include “better together” as one of their core values, our value is something way more ancient. In fact, we need to go all the way back to the beginning where life began -- in the Garden of Eden.

After creating everything, God said, “Let us make man in our image.... so He created them” (Genesis 1:26-27). Our Trinitarian God knew that Adam alone could not fully reflect His image. To reflect the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Adam needed Eve. The text goes on to say, “so God created man in His own image... male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We often talk about each person being created in the image of God, and this is good and true. But what is also true is that we need each other to fully reflect God’s image. God has made us for relationships because He knows that we are better together.

What does “Better Together” practically mean at Bay Area?

To put it personally: you cannot be the best version of yourself by yourself. It takes other people deeply enmeshed in your life to bring out your best qualities latent within your soul. It takes a large spiritual family to bring out the real you that is hidden in Christ.

Practically speaking at Bay Area, we consider you “in community” when you are
  • Worshiping with others at one of our Sunday gatherings.
  • Growing with others in an intentional, spiritual relationship like a Missional Community, Life Group, Women’s or Men’s Bible Study, Care Group, or a Mentorship relationship.
  • Serving with others in the body, discovering and using your spiritual gifts.

To put it more broadly: the Body of Christ cannot be the best version of itself without all its members growing and serving together. When we are not in meaningful relationships and serving together, everyone stagnates. The Apostle Paul gives us a vision that a community that has close enough relationships to speak the truth in love to others, “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15- 16).

The good news is the church is God’s plan to fill the earth with his Presence. It might sound nuts that God has chosen a bunch of broken sinners who are often weak, ineffective and messy, but it's true! And it is our desire that everyone who calls Bay Area home is in community so we can all truly be better together!