A BIBLICAL FOUNDATION FOR ONENESS AND DIVERSITY
LIVING IN COMMUNITY SERIES 6: Living in Biblical Community Now & in the Future
ESTABLISHING A FOUNDATION FOR LIVING IN BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION TO EXPLORE THE SCRIPTURES ON GOD’S HEART FOR HIS CHILDREN TO LIVE IN BIBLICAL COMMUNITY WITH HIM AND WITH ONE ANOTHER.
Summary: It has always been God’s heart for His sons and daughters to live in biblical community with one another. As we look at 2018 and beyond, what does it practically mean for the Body of Christ to live out this biblical community lifestyle…let’s start the discussion.
Today’s Context: Our daily lives are so busy that we find many barriers and challenges to living in biblical community with one another. It will require commitment and sacrifice.
SHARING OUR POSSESSIONS
LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION ON WHAT FACTORS THAT KEEP US FROM SHARING OUR TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE WITH OTHERS, IN A GREATER WAY, TO ADDRESS NEEDS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THE COMMUNITY.
Summary: 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Acts 2:45 God has blessed each of us and our families with possessions. The amazing thing in Acts 2, we find believers living in biblical community with one another to the extent that there was not a need among them. Why? They were sharing their possessions with another to meet every need. What happened in the 1st Century Church that inspired them to sell their property and possessions to meet needs in the Body of Christ? Let’s have a conversation on what were the key factors that led the Acts 2 and Acts 4 community of believers to sell their property and possessions to meet needs.
Today’s Context: We work very hard to acquire our possessions to meet needs and wants in our immediate families. Our flesh can struggle with sharing my possessions with others to address their needs. But Jesus said, 27“The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” Luke 18:27
THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING A BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION ON HOW WE CAN DEVELOP A BIBLICAL COMMUNITY THAT WILL MANIFEST TO OTHERS OUR BIBLICAL ONENESS AND DIVERSITY!
Summary: As Jesus was about to ascend, He gave specific instructions to His disciples what they must do to begin the process of developing a biblical community. The scriptures give us a clear biblical equation of developing a biblical community.
Today’s Context: Many times, we sincerely desire to manifest Christ in our love and service to the Body of Christ and for all people. Often, we find ourselves falling short from what He intended. One theory is that we sometimes do not apply biblical principles to achieve our desired biblical goals.