Summary: Service, ministry, outreach
SWEAT IS THE GLUE
Phil 2: 1-11 (p831) Nov. 7, 2010
It's impossible to love people that you don't know!
let me say that one more time:
"IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO LOVE PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW"
You can feel compassion for people, a burden for hurting and lost groups but to truly love someone evolves an investment of your life into theirs and theirs into yours.
The Biblical word we throw around is "Koinania" It's translated "fellowship" most of the time in scripture.
Like in Acts 2 when it says the earliest Christians devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship to the breaking of bread and to prayer...
The Core 4 of the baby church was "Know what God has to teach us, remember the lord's sacrifice in communion, seek his will in prayer…and "glue yourselves together in love"
Koinonia is something much deeper than "guys who get together at a bar because they pull for the same team…or woman who share their lives, and stories during "Bunko"
And don't discount how powerful and important this us…even if Christ isn't involved at all "Guys and their crew. "Women need their "Besties"
Through this 40 days of service you've heard from many people. Heather, Ronnie, LuAnn, Annette.
And almost everyone of them came to me afterwards and said, "Thank you for letting me share my story…and I've had people come up to me and say "I've known you for years, but I didn't know that about you. "Or" I've been through some of the same stuff."
Here's how the message translation read in Phil 2: 1-4
2 If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in you life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care--then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
God's design, His plan is not just that we be focused on Him through Bible study, prayer, and communion…but our focus on Him finds expression and connection in others…through real "deep spirited friendships"
And for those relationships to be healthy in Christ…they are always outward focused, ministry driven…that is the attitude Christ brought to the world, lived in connection with his disciples and left for the church to follow.
"Isn't it Kebo and Steve"
(Kebo and Steve come up…take a seat on two stools…and I ask them one simple question.
"Why has sharing your life on mission trips or with others been so important to you and your family?"
(5 -7 minutes each)
folks, small groups are important, Sunday School classes are important, student groups, men's ministries, women's ministries, Cruisin Creekers, College age, Hispanic groups…but if any of these become inward focused cliques…"Koinonia" doesn't take place instead, isolation and selfishness occur.