How has your walk with Jesus been this week?
“Fine” or “Good” or “OK” is the universal non-answer…
- Life In Community, p. 76
God Himself placed within us this yearning for community – a God-given appetite for honest connection with others.
We desire it, but we resist it at the same time…
-LIC, pp. 24,25
Distance from Christian community is a sure sign of distance from Jesus Himself.
Going it alone is not the path for a disciple of Jesus.
- LIC p. 52
“People who remain connected with their brothers and sisters in the local church almost invariably grow in self-understanding and they mature in their ability to relate in healthy ways to God and to their fellow human beings… It is a simple but profound biblical reality that we both grow and thrive together or we do not grow much at all.”
Another Reason We Need Community
The problem is…
-LIC, p. 130
Romans 12:12–13 (ESV)
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
The Jerusalem church > Acts 2:44–46 (ESV)
44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
The Antioch church > Acts 11:27–30 (ESV)
27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards [managers] of God’s varied grace:
A Christian should be one who lives this way, with a pure love, hates evil, sticks to what is good… The unavoidable trials that are going to come will be overcome by a strong hope in God's promise for the future glory which allows him to endure patiently everything he has to endure, as he constantly commits himself to the Lord's will and the Lord's care.