Summary: We grow closer to God in our relatinship to others.

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October 14, 2007

Me: I love doing stuff with other people. One of the dangers Alana and I face is that we enjoy people so much we can easily spend so much time with people we don’t have time alone with ourselves.

You: How many of you get energy from other people? How many would say that you prefer to be connected with others rather than by yourself?

Today we are going to look at the second part of our ministry model. Last week we talked about the idea of needing to personally connect with God. Today we want to look at what it means to grow with others.

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 (New Living Translation)

Our connection with God is a work of God’s power.

We should never think that our relationship with God is based on what we have done or because of how good we are.

Because of our relationship to Christ, our life should reflect his character.

“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.” 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NLT)

When we are connected with other believers, we grow more like God.

God created us to be relational beings.

“Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NLT)

The greatest expression of our connection with God is in our sharing of his love with others.

At LifeQuest, the best way we know to cultivate that concept is through Life Groups.

The only way we can guarantee that you will be personally cared for, accountable, and connected is through small groups. Every age group in our church has a small group aspect built into it.

When we get connected with other believers, the church begins to live out its faith in the most amazing of ways.

Jessica and Jason’s story.

We grow stronger as we grow closer.

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