September 8, 2013
MARKS OF A DISCIPLE // Connected in Community
I Corinthians 12:12-13, I Corinthians 12:24-27
1. God made us like him to live in relationships.
Humanity expresses God’s image in relationship. Being made in the image of God allows man to establish “worthy relationships with God, with one another, and with the rest of the creation. – ESV Study Bible, p. 51.
2. God gave the church to express biblical community.
The Gospel places us into the community.
“The fellowship of the church is part of God’s good news to men. It imparts to the gospel one of its most thrilling notes—that when Christ saves a man he not only saves him from his sin, he saves him from his solitude.” – Total Christianity by Frank Colquhoun
The Aim of the community is to collectively imitate Jesus as we do so individually.
Acts 2:42-47 — what does this community look like?
1. Shared practices.
2. Shared heart and mind.
3. What are the barriers to biblical community?
“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
4. What are the steps toward biblical community?
A. Commit to the body.
B. Commit to deeper relationships within the body that will serve others.
Journey classes on Wednesday evening.
C. Love One Another – the mark of a disciple that Jesus says is paramount.
Question: Are you in community? Are you in relationships with others that encourage and challenge, convict and build up around the Word of God?