Oct 21, 2018
THE CORE: WHY WE VALUE COMMUNITY
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Acts 2:42-47
WE VALUE COMMUNITY . . .
Because God has created us for community.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness . . . So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26a, 27
“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18
Because the essence of the gospel is best displayed in the context of community.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers . . . And all who believed were together and had all things in common . . . And day by day, attending temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.” Acts 2:42,44,46, 47a
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
Because the mission of the gospel is best advanced through authentic community.
“And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47b
HITTING THE BULLSEYE OF COMMUNITY. . .
“And all who believed were together and had all things in common.” Acts 2:44