This is LIFE: Involved in Biblical Community

Mission Statement: Embracing the responsibility to lead everyday people to new life and new possibilities.

This is LIFE:

Aligns L.I.F.E in order to reproduce other devoted followers of Christ.

Making it Personal: “Am I …?” // “Are you …?”

INVOLVED IN BIBLICAL COMMUNITY

The first two measures speak to new life. 

In Genesis 1 & 2, Adam (the first man) lived in sinless, unhindered communion with God — yet God said Adam was, “alone.”

“Americans are among the loneliest people in the world.” -George Gallup 

We’re acquainted with many people, but known by none. We live and work in a sea of humanity, but we end up missing out on the benefits of regular, meaningful relationships.

Genesis 2:25 - “Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.”

There’s something about being naked (metaphorically speaking) and transparent with a group of people that pushes back the guilt and shame that we all experience. It’s in this group that we discover that we aren’t alone in our struggles. It’s with this group that we find hope and healing. 

But we don’t fall into these kind of relationships.
Instead, our tendency is to drift towards isolation.

Isolation brings…

  • Lost Perspective
  • Fear of Intimacy
  • Selfishness
  • Poorer Health  

If we are going to take our responsibility to lead our everyday people to new life and new possibilities seriously, we need to understand that its not possible apart from community.

"Christian community is simply sharing a common life in Christ. It moves us beyond the self-interested isolation of private lives and beyond the superficial social contacts that pass for "Christian fellowship." The biblical ideal of community challenges us instead to commit ourselves to life together as the people of God.” -Howard Macy

“ONE ANOTHER…”

“...Love one another...” (John 13:34)
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you...” (Romans 15:7)
“...Instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)
“...Serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
“Carry each other’s burdens...” (Galatians 6:2)
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
“Encourage one another daily...” (Hebrews 3:13)
“...Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)
“Confess your sins to each other...” (James 5:16)
“...Pray for each other.” (James 5:16)
“...Love one another deeply, from the heart.” (I Peter 3:8)

Two lies we believe about relationships:

  • I need this person in order to be whole.
  • If they need me, then I’ll be whole.
"If you try to build intimacy, or connection with another person before you’ve done the difficult work of getting whole or healthy on your own, all your relationships become an attempt to complete yourself—and they’ll fall flat." -Les Parrott

Good friends... 

  • are loyal.
  • make time for you.
  • keep your secrets.
  • know how to provide space.
  • speak the truth (they won’t let you be blind).
  • forgive a fault.
  • remain faithful.
  • laugh easily.
  • know how to celebrate your success.
  • know how to pray.

a FRESH WIND’S APPROACH

If, as a church, we are going to prioritize and measure involvement in biblical community, the question becomes, what is our approaching going to be?

  1. Consistently attends Sunday morning service
  2. Actively involved in a Life Group
  3. Serving on a volunteer team

We believe that when you make a commitment to doing these three things, you’ll begin to experience new life and the new possibilities that flow out of a changed life.