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The Gospel and Community

January 20, 2019

 

The Gospel and Community

Romans 15:1-7                

 

 

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth."  (Romans 1:18, ESV)

 

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23, ESV)

 

 

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23, ESV)

   

"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." (Romans 15:1-7, ESV)

 

"Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life." ~ Ravi Zacharias

 

 

"Although we are more connected than we have ever been with more people than ever, and despite the fact that it is easier to find people with shared common interest than it has ever been before, we feel more alone and more unknown than any time that has been measured in human history." 

 

 

"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak...

 

"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak...

 

2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up...

 

"18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding." (Romans 14:18-19, ESV)

 

"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2, ESV)

 

5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." 

 

"The foundation of Christian love is laid in like-mindedness, or at least an agreement in affection. Like-mindedness among Christians, according to Christ Jesus, is the gift of God; and a precious gift it is, for which we must earnestly seek unto Him.... that God may be glorified" ~ Matthew Henry

 

 

 

 

 

LIFEGROUP NOTES Week 3 - The Gospel and CommunityThe sermon from this Sunday showed us the need to work together within the church and within our giftedness. Today, we will study this concept of partnership in the Gospel and community.Let’s look at two examples from the book of Acts, one example of a synthetic form of service coming from a faux overflow; and another of a true and genuine overflow of service caused by the Holy Spirit in a people with full hearts. One is a great example of a genuine community that is based on an authentic Gospel Love, while the other is a great example of a couple trafficking in a synthetic service and community because they want the benefit of a community without having to make the necessary sacrifices of establishing that community! We have the ability to influence which type of community CrossPointe is by the way that we act the way we value our service to the Kingdom.1. Turn to Acts 2:36-47. What is happening in v36-41 of this passage?2. Now, look at v42-47. Identify some evidence of a Gospel-centered community that we see here in relation to serving the body and partnering in ministry and the Gospel?3. What do you think it would be like to live, serve, and partner in a community like this?Now let’s look at an example of a faux Gospel-centered community--a facade of partnership in ministry if you will--that took place right in the middle of this very awesome and dynamic community. Turn to and read Acts 4:32-5:114. The end of Chapter 4 reiterates that the same things described in ch2 were still happening. But focus on Acts 5:1-11, how do the actions of Ananias and Sapphira undermine the amazing evidence of partnership in ministry that were occurring in their community?5. There are two key verses here in chapter 5--they are v3 and v9. As a group, discuss them and how they are contrary to what we have learned so far about overflow and partnership in ministry.Impact StatementThe passages that we studied today show both the benefits of healthy and vibrant financial partnerships in ministry as well as the dangers of undermining the expectation and biblical precedent of financial partnership in ministry. There are many who behave similarly to Ananias and Sapphira today in churches across the country--and it is this behavior that continues to undermine the potential of our vibrant communities of faith. Contributing financially to a partnership, out of the overflow of a full and content heart, strengthens the community on both an individual and corporate level.​​​​

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