VITALIZE Relationships

(Part 5 of a 6-message series on THRIVE Values)
Acts 2:40-47
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

(Philippians 2:1-15)

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)