Summary: God's call to community
Small is the New Big
God understands the power of simplicity.
Authentic Relationships require…
Fellowship-before God created the heavens and the earth, he existed in eternity in community with himself. (Trinity)
Unity (John 17:20-23)
Jesus prayed for such unity to exist among his followers because our unity reflects the reality of Christ and causes the world to believe in him.
Jesus says in these verses, “as much as you (God) have loved me. You will never know how much God loves you until you know how much God loves Jesus.
Humility (Phil. 2:4-7)
Jesus recognized that his equality with God but he willingly surrendered that equality for the benefit of mankind.
Humility is rooted in the greatest commandment given in all of Scripture. We are to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. To be humble means we seek God first in all things and others follow after that. We seek to help others before ourselves.
In community you will find Family
the heart of God is all about family first values. His 1st commandment to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply…Jesus final commandment to his disciples before ascending to the Father was…be fruitful and multiply (go and make disciples) they were the same commandment. In essence, God said start a family, jesus said-start a family!
Being part of a family means you remain faithful.
Being Part of a family means being in an environment that allows you to both serve and fail
It’s all about commitment!
The local church is so much more than a weekly gathering; it is more than an event. The local church is a place to belong. It is easy to view the local church and small groups as an event, as something to do, as something to go to, rather than someone to be. At some point, you will need to make a decision that this church is where you belong, this is where God has called you to, this is where you feel loved, accepted and this is where you commit yourself to.
In community, you will find CONNECTION.
The priority (Mark 3:13-14)
Following Jesus’ temptation in the desert, he returns to his hometown, goes to church and preaches while finding and calling disciples. He called several men to be with him but in Mark we find that he prays for them all and God reveals who he wants to be with him.
The Practice (John 14:8-9)
Jesus committed himself to the disciples everyday and the disciples did the same. They did life together. Bible study, ministry, meals, stand up comedy, healings, etc.
The Persistence (Luke 24:13-31)
Following Jesus resurrection, he appears to two men who are discussing his death. He reveals his identity and utilizes Scripture to point to his own reality and identity. So, one of the 1st things Jesus does following his own resurrection is join a small group!
It’s all about Discipleship.
1 John 1:7 –if is the condition. If we are living for Jesus, then fellowship is the natural overflow because a true love for God pours into a love for his people. There is a direct connection between our walk with God and our relationship with other believers.