Going Beyond in Your Connection to Community


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Week #3 in our “Go Beyond” Series

Going Beyond in Your Connection to Community

 
Ephesians 4:17-32– 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self,a] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
 
Get rid of the old you. That way you can have a good connection with others.
 
John 13:34-35 – 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
 
Connecting in Community is about helping other people succeed.
 
Primarily our growth happens when we are challenged and supported by other people.
 
We have to love each other. It’s not enough to just get along, you have to love other people.
 

Step 1: Connect to the Crowd

 
Sporting events – people have shallow relationships.
 
Our crowd – co workers, people at the store, etc
 
You are part of a Crowd Community.
 
85 times in the Gospels you’ll find the crowd. Jesus spent a lot of time with the crowd, but he didn’t spend a lot of time individually with the crowd.
 
The crowd pays attention to Jesus by saying “I want more”.
 
The question is not “Is this person important?” The question is “Why is this person important?”
 
We need to be the light in the crowd to point to Christ.
 

Step 2: Connecting to the Close

 
Jesus has his disciples. Those relationships were infinitely more personal and powerful to Him.
 
When someone is close to us and checking on us, we tend to flourish better.
 
Conversations really happen in these smaller groups.
 

Step 3: Connecting to the Core

 
Jesus had Peter, James and John. They saw him always, even in His struggles.
 
Relationships are hard because not everything goes the way we want it to, but we experience the greatest joys in relationship.
 
God tells us that we need to have these types of relationships in our lives.