(Part 5 of a 6-message series on THRIVE Values)
Sunday, October 8, 2017
THRIVE Value #5:
“Vitalize AUTHENTIC close-knit RELATIONSHIPS in Christian community.”
1.VITALIZE = “to give STRENGTH and energy to”
2.Vitality comes from CONTINUING in God’s Word, true fellowship, celebrating Communion, and offering prayers together.
3.AUTHENTIC = “of undisputed origin; GENUINE”
4.When we are SAFE to be REAL, remove masks, confess sin, request prayer, and be exhorted to change, growth happens!
5.CLOSE-KNIT = “united or BOUND together by strong relationships and common interests.”
(Acts 5:42, 20:20)
6.We can’t risk having only SUPERFICIAL involvement in each others’ lives.
7.RELATIONSHIP = “the way in which two or more people are CONNECTED”
8.“Koinonia” = Partnership and PARTICIPATION
9. CHRISTIAN = “Believer and FOLLOWER of Jesus Christ.”
(Matthew 16:15-18; Acts 11:26)
10.COMMUNITY = “a group of people unified by COMMON interests, values, responsibilities.”
In other words: “Give strength and energy to genuine bonds of connection that exist among Jesus-followers who share common values, interests, and responsibilities.”
(Other verses: Proverbs 27:9,17; 2 Samuel 12:7-13; Psalm 51; Proverbs 12:18; Ephesians 4:15)