John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
As always, Jesus tells it like it is, and the news can seem a bit disheartening. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing. He doesn’t say we will accomplish a little bit, or that we’ll do fairly well. We can do nothing apart from him. Nothing of value. Not a thing that has eternal implications.
Community is not just a word to describe a group of people with commonalities. In the Christian context it is much deeper. Community is loving your neighbor as you love yourself (and not that pseudo love, but that 1 Corinthian-Chapter-13 kind of love). And if you have ever loved - I mean truly loved - you know it does not come easy.