Sermons on Community

Five Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: I’m Listening

Five Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: I’m Listening November 22, 2020    NO, To lesser things to focus on the greater   THANKS, Seeing wonder around us   HELP, Accepting the gift of help   SORRY, Heal as you get real   Every character quality we first learn in our living relationship with Jesus  I’m Listening    1 Sam. 3:9-11 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the…

Five Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: Sorry

Five Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: Sorry  November 15, 2020    Each word we stop learn to say, is first experienced at the feet of Jesus   NO, To lesser things to focus on  the greater   THANKS, Seeing wonder around us   HELP, Accepting the gift of help   Yet the problem is there and isn’t going to go away until I stop and fix it   SORRY  Luke 18:9-12 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to…

Five Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: Help

Five Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: HelpNovember 8, 2020 Help Each word we stop learn to say, is first experienced at the feet of Jesus Our Identity and Mission clarify our NO’s Seeing wonder is the doorway to gratitude Help Heb. 13:6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  “As Christians we are made to live in continual dependence on God, in the context of surrender and interactive friendship” – John Ortberg John…

5 Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: Thank You

Five Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: Thank YouNovember 1, 2020 Thanks Psalms 34:18 The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Our Identity and Mission clarify our NO’s My Identity is a child of the King My Mission is to serve my King Each word we stop learn to say, is first experienced at the feet of Jesus THANKS  1) Polite Thanks 1) Polite Thanks 2) Circumstantial Thanks (from the heart) David Brookes (NY times) …

5 Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: No

5 Words for Your Relationship Toolkit: NoOctober 25, 2020 NO Bible is filled with NOs   Joseph knew his Identity and said NO  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew their identity and said NO  Nehemiah knew his mission and said NO  Clarity on your identity and your mission gives you the ability to say NO  Jesus said some of the most powerful NO’s in scripture   Jesus’ first NO  Matt. 4:1-3 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (tested) by the devil. After…

Koinonia – Part 4

We belong to each other so the world will know  Servant leadership is serving Jesus   Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.  Encouraging/Building Up is powerful group glue  …

Koinonia – Part 3

“Let Us Create” Koi-no-nia: community, fellowship, partnership, being one They sacrificed (financially) to care of each otherRegularly (daily) worshiped all togetherSmaller groups ate, laughed, shared togetherPurpose of more joining the gathering We belong to each other so the world will know Carry Each Other’s Burdens Gal. 6:2-5 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their…

Koinonia – Part 2

Koinonia: community, fellowship, partnership, being one  We belong to each other so the world will know  Heb. 13:15-17 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices (Koi,no,nia) God is pleased. Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.  Eph. 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in…

Koinonia – Part 1

Secular society tells me that the highest good is my individual freedom.   Romans 12:5 We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.  Koinonia: Literally partnership, sharing in common, being one  Acts 2:42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship (Koinonia), and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.  Acts 2:44-47 All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they…