Rooted in Community
January 28, 2018
Psalm 92:12-15 (NIV) 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
The church, revival started in the context of community.
Acts 2:1 (NIV) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Acts 2:42-47 (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
“Isolation can rob the church of power!”
Things that hinder authentic community
Cornerstones of Authentic Relationships
#1 Honesty: Sincere, truthful, communication.
Honest |ˈänist|adjective free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere.
#2. Trust. A vulnerable confidence.
James 5:16 (NLT) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
#3. Respect: Recognizing and embracing differences.
1 Corinthians 12:18-22 (NLT) 18 Our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
#4. Grace: Treating weakness with tenderness.
Ephesians 4:2 (NLT) Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
Acts 2:42 (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer.
“They were not Just devoted to Jesus, they were devoted to one another!”
A. Be Invested…Be present & contribute.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
B. Make sacrifices
C. Stick it out.
Tension builds bonds. (Pr 27:17 Iron sharpens)
Ephesians 3:17 (NIV) And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.