"Sometimes we use our prayers as a wishing well, but the Apostle Paul used them to pray for people to be saved" - Ross Strickland
A Place for your ONE!
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22, ESV)
22 In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
If our identity is IN Christ, then our purpose must be FOR Christ!
If our purpose is FOR Christ, then others will come to KNOW Christ!
Week 4 - A Place for Your One!
Pastor David spoke about the importance of partnership and the importance of the Church. This is a very relevant topic because, in our culture, the importance of the church has been devalued. Pastor David showed us why, as believers, the church is important and why we should attend with regularity. A healthy view of Church and Partnership is essential to the process of revival.
Take some time as a group to open up with each other. Invite group members to share any experiences from their time at CrossPointe. Specifically, share what role “Partnership” and “Fellowship” have played in their lives.
As a group, go around the room and provide individuals with the opportunity to give a one word summary of each verse in Philippians 1:3-7. Encourage group members to not only provide their own summary with an explanation, but also to write down the summaries of others. Read Philipians 1:3-7 as a group.
Now, reflect on your group’s responses…discuss them and share thoughts before moving on to the next question.
1) Is there anyone in the church that you can say you feel this way about?
2) Discuss the effect that seeing or being around this person has on you?
3) Is there anyone in the church that you DON’T feel this way about?
4) Discuss the effect that seeing or being around this person has on you.
5) Paul, after sharing his passion and love for the people of Philippi, defends his right to feel this way in v7. As a group, look closely at v7. What reasons does Paul give for his love for them?
When you consider the “place for your one” -- which type of environment do you want for them and which will be more attractive for them -- the environment from questions 1 and 2 or the environment from questions 3 and 4? Obviously, it is the environment from questions 1 and 2! Today’s lesson is about partnership, but we have spent a lot of time talking about “unity” and “relationships.” What does this passage show about the relationship between “unity” and “partnership”? V5 shows that Paul loved the Philippians and prayed for them with Joy and consistency BECAUSE of their partnership in the GOSPEL. Their unity was a means for strengthening Paul’s relationship with the LORD. It caused him to be thankful, to pray, to love, and be joyful. This is the purpose of the CHURCH…not only for developing strong relationships, but for providing accountability and spiritual growth as well. The church is essential to the life of a believer and this type of Church is what you should strive to create as the “place for your one!”