Biblical Community Building Relationships that will last for eternity!
Biblical Community Heart of God! Not good for Man to be Alone He instituted relationships, family, extended family, community, societies, cultures, nations! He Calls people to serve him, love him, and have relationship with him and others!
Biblical Community Heart of God! Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God loves people he has compassion on his people!He has a plan and purpose for his creation – people is priority!
Biblical Community Heart of God What the future looks like! Rev 7:9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 7:10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." 7:11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 7:12 saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"
Biblical Community Then came Jesus! • Joh 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. • Joh 1:14 The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
Biblical Community Then came Jesus! Mat 5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 5:46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 5:47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Biblical Community Who Are We? • We are the Body of Christ Co 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 2. A People of God 1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Biblical Community Who Are We? 3. A Temple Eph 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 2:20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 2:21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Biblical Community Who Are We? 4. A Family Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Biblical Community How do we do Community! Is there a Law A Commandment for us to Obey? Love one another!
Joh 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Joh 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Rom 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 1Pe 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1Jo 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
Mat 22:37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 22:38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 22:39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 22:40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.“ Mar 12:33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbouras yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
Biblical Community How do we do Community! Love one another! This is not optional!
Biblical Community What has gone wrong! • Lovers of Self! Selfishness! • Relational Brokenness! • Apathy! 4. No Time! 5. We don’t really know how to do this!
Biblical Community Personal Assessment!
Biblical Community Practical Advice 1. Greet people! 2. Get to know people’s names and then greet them by name! 3. Have conversations with people! 4. Make a coffee appointment with somebody for Sunday morning! 5. Ask people deep questions! 6. Practice the art of active listening!
Biblical Community Practical Advice 7. Invite people to your home for a meal! 8. Invite people out for dinner! 9. Learn to do community around your priorities, or other peoples priorities! 10. Always as far as you can, take up invites to peoples birthday’s and celebrations and events!
Biblical Community Practical Advice 11. Always as far as you can go and visit people in hospital rather than wait till they get home! 12. We need to get back to doing some of the things we used to do! 13. Learn to serve one another!