August 12, 2018
It Starts With Community
Have you ever wondered why Jesus said, “where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst”? Does that mean that He is not there when we are alone? Of course not, what that means is that He not only places a high value on Christian community, He wants to be a part of it.
We were created to live our lives in connection with each other. We were made for each other so that we can fight our battles and celebrate our victories together. When true Christian community happens we are encouraged, supported, inspired and motivated by our brothers and sisters: we become like a family. If community is one of God’s key sources of blessing and support, why is it not a priority in our lives?
Questions for discussion:
· What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
· Read Psalm 133:1-3: What do you think this Psalm teaches us about community?
· Why do you think people avoid opportunities for connection and community?”
· What can we do to make community a more vital part of our lives and encourage others to seek it?
Do something about it:
Where do you connect, grow and love? Outside of your immediate family is there a support system, a spiritual family that encourages, supports and motivates you to grow in your faith, share it with others, and live it out? If you do not have a group, outside of your immediate family, that provides this empowering, then it is time to seek that opportunity out. Actively pursue and engage in opportunities to connect with others and seek to find that place where you can live out that special blessing/anointing that God wants you to experience.
Psalm 133:1-3; Matthew 11:28-30; Acts 2:43-47; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:25-27; Hebrews 10:23-25