June 30, 2013

“The Challenge to Belong”

| The Challenge to Belong: real Church-Life

And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day,

met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved. Acts 2:44–47 (Living Bible)

 

Friendship with a vision

Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24–25 (MSG)

 
True Spirituality
Jesus-centered trust expressed
in relational commitments to love
 

For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. Galatians 5:6 (MSG)

 

This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

John 13:35 (MSG)

 

The protection of belonging

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)

 
Think on these things…
 

1. Who was your best childhood friend? Why?

 

2. Why is it important to have a “friendship with a vision”?

 

3. Read the story of two of the greatest friends in the Bible: David and Jonathan (1 Samuel chapters 18 through 20 and 23:15–18). Why was there friendship so intense?

 

4. Jonathan’s life comes to a sad end (1 Samuel 31 – 2 Samuel 1:27). How did that affect David? Have you ever lost a friend? If you did, how did it affect you…and does that make you cautious about

entering into deep relationships?

 

5. There’s an interesting footnote to David’s covenant with Jonathan. Read 2 Samuel 9; Mephibosheth is the recipient of compassion (a beggar gets to eat at the King’s table) based on a covenant. How does that relate to us in the New Covenant?—think about Acts 2:39.

 

6. What’s your next step to develop real friendships, to “belong”?

 

 

SKIT – Potential Employee at Job Interview, using Mennard’s Opening in Evendale as a backdrop / Interview and Interviewee

 

 

The Challenge to Belong: real Church-Life

And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day,

met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved. Acts 2:44–47 (Living Bible)

 

Friendship with a vision

Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24–25 (MSG)

 

True Spirituality

Jesus-centered trust expressed

in relational commitments to love

 

For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. Galatians 5:6 (MSG)

 

This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

John 13:35 (MSG)

 

The protection of belonging

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)

 

Think on these things…

 

1. Who was your best childhood friend? Why?

 

2. Why is it important to have a “friendship with a vision”?

 

3. Read the story of two of the greatest friends in the Bible: David and Jonathan (1 Samuel chapters 18 through 20 and 23:15–18). Why was there friendship so intense?

 

4. Jonathan’s life comes to a sad end (1 Samuel 31 – 2 Samuel 1:27). How did that affect David? Have you ever lost a friend? If you did, how did it affect you…and does that make you cautious about

entering into deep relationships?

 

5. There’s an interesting footnote to David’s covenant with Jonathan. Read 2 Samuel 9; Mephibosheth is the recipient of compassion (a beggar gets to eat at the King’s table) based on a covenant. How does that relate to us in the New Covenant?—think about Acts 2:39.

 

6. What’s your next step to develop real friendships, to “belong”?

 

 

  • SKIT – Potential Employee at Job Interview, using Mennard’s Opening in Evendale as a backdrop / Interview and Interviewee