Sinners loved being around Jesus. Do they love being around you?
Salvation isn't just about believing some things in your heart so that you can go to heaven. Salvation is also about joining a family (community) of faith where you're on mission together building the Kingdom of God. Community is essential to being a Christ follower for several reasons and there is an inseparable link between your faith in Jesus and your love for his family (the Church).
Ephesians 4:11–16, Hebrews 10:24–25, I Corinthians 12:4–7, 14–20, and 27,
Colossians 3:12–17 and Ephesians 5:25–27
•Salvation is not just about you believing some things so that you can go to
heaven when you die. It is also about belonging to a family (community) of faith
where you’re on mission together building the Kingdom of God.
•The family (community) of faith is essential for...
1. Spiritual growth and maturity (discipleship/sanctification)
3. Utilizing spiritual gifts (ministry/service)
4. Putting into practice the things God calls us to live out... your daily
•Jesus’ love and commitment to the church should compel us to love and be
committed to the church as well.
1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?
2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?
3. What brought you to the small group you’re a part of?
4. What difference has small group made in your life or spiritual journey?
5. What hopes do you have for your small group moving forward?
6. The action step this week was to try out a small group or invite someone new
to yours. Obviously, if you’re reading this, you’re in one, but take some time and
discuss how your group can be really proactive in inviting people to join your
Nothing illustrates our relationship with God more clearly than the parent/child relationship. Like marriage, parenting is a picture of God's relationship with us. Unlike the view of many in our culture, scripture indicates that children are a blessing from the Lord and Jesus tells us that they should be treated as such. However, parenting is a weighty responsibility and it can be very difficult. What exactly is our responsibility as parents? What is the ultimate goal of parenting and how do we raise our kids the right way? The good news is we're not alone and scripture gives us some answers for the journey.
The apostle Paul declares that both marriage and singleness are gifts from God. Sadly, in the church and in culture, we often view marriage as a gift and singleness as something you deal with while waiting for the gift. But what does the Bible have to say about the single life? Is it really a blessing or some sort of curse? What is the proper view of singleness and how does one live a faithful single life? All good questions we'll try and answer in the fourth sermon in our "Family Matters" series.
Most everyone has had their life affected by divorce. What does the Bible have to say about divorce and remarriage? What does that mean for married couples? What does that mean for people who are divorced and/or remarried? How can the church be a place of truth but healing in a culture fractured by divorce?