Summary: This introduction to the WHY series encourages us to connect better with God and with others in His Church.

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Introduction to Why Series

The Value of “Togethering”

John 13:34 Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

INTRODUCTION: Next Sunday we will begin a new series of lessons called “Why?” The series address some of the most important questions people tend to ask themselves (or the church) these days. We’ll talk about questions like these:

· Why am I Here?

· Why should I believe in God?

· Why should I trust the Bible?

· Why is the world so messed up?

· Why the conflict…Science and the Bible?

· Why Jesus?

I had a college course that dealt with those kinds of questions. The course was called “Apologetics 101.” I know that sounds like a course on how to apologize --- but it’s actually a study of how to defend the Christian faith. This fall we’re going to learn better ways to give answers to anyone who asks these important questions…and maybe get some answers for yourself along the way.

But actually, I hope that the next 7 weeks will be more for you than just a time to learn answers to questions. My hope for you is that the next few weeks will help you to connect better with God and with others here at CHCC.

Our goal as a church is to develop passion for Christ and compassion for others. That goal can only be reached if we are growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ AND with each other. That’s why I titled this sermon “The Value of Togethering.” (I’ve noticed a trend lately … to make up new verbs --- Like saying, “let’s coffee together soon” or “we’re going to dialogue about it” --- so I’m joining the trend. We’re going to do some togethering around here.) Here are some things I’d like to ask you to consider doing so that we can reach our “togethering” goal:

(1) Be here for the next 7 Sundays. Don’t underestimate the difference you make just by being here. The fact that you are worshiping helps other people lift their praise to God along with you. During the sermon it helps to see people around you nodding (or nodding off in some cases.) The point is that just being here will have a big influence on other people.

(2) Pick up a Study Kit. These Kits can be purchased for $6 to $12. They are available in the Foyer.

· The Kits contain a booklet that we’ll be using in our Pueblo groups and a magazine for you to read and then pass along to a friend.

· It includes a theme verse to memorize each week

· And, if you wish, you can purchase a set of daily devotions

(3) Choose a Pueblo group to attend. Your bulletin insert gives a list of the groups that will be meeting for the next 7 weeks. Choose the day and place that will work for you. Call to let the leader know you plan to come.

Today I want to take some time to speak up for our Pueblo groups. I’ve learned that Small Groups make all the difference between just attending church and being renewed, changed, developed through the ministry of the local church. For one thing, a small group can help you Know and be Known.

1. Know and be Known John 13:34

In John 13:34 Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another …

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