Summary: Continuing series on biblical realstionships, their benefits and practical ways to reconcile broken relationships. 3rd in series or stand alone message.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Stir = with a view to incitement, irritate, spur e.g. irritate and provoke for love and good works
1 Corinthians 12:25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another
Schism = a split or gap, division, rent
Relationships exist in three main areas
1. Family Those family reunions were a place where you were supposed to learn how to get along with one another
2. Marriage In this relationship God teaches us to die to self and live for someone else
3. Church To learn about relationships – being part of a body – appreciating one another
Relationships exist at three levels
1. Fellowship - daily
2. Partnership – connected by some thing
3. Friendships - acquaintances – core - intimate
The biggest attack by the Devil is against these three areas because the Devil knows that if we can ever work this out – watch out!
Only 1 out of 7 Christians are in any relationship where there is accountability where someone can look you in the eye and speak into your life
Acts 2:42-47 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Coming together for Doctrine – Fellowship – Communion/ Covenant (Breaking bread was a time of blessing) – Prayer, this is God’s desire and plan for believers
What keeps us from intimacy with other believers?
• There is a social trend of isolationism and disengagement
Home – work – home – drive through – home delivery – internet – dating online – self fulfillment
• The fear of becoming vulnerable – the original sin factor
• Offences - Matthew 18:7 “Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
Skandalon = trap-stick (bent sapling), i.e. snare, occasion to fall (of stumbling), offence, thing that offends, stumbling block.
Wholeness comes from whole relationship
Benefits to Proper Relationship
1. They defeat the Devil
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
1 John 2:11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.