We are not created to live life alone.
Today we had the fun opportunity to hear from eight different leaders in our church on the topic of community. This blog will focus on the four communicators who spoke during our second service!
Our first communicator was Caleb Palensky, our Church Care Director. Caleb referenced Scripture from Isaiah 9:6 and Isaiah 10:21 to show that God is El Gibbor – our Mighty God. He has many names and many characteristics, but one of his most defining characteristics is that He is a communal God. He brought home the point that if God is loving, then that means He is communal at His core. If we are made in the image of God, then we are made to be communal beings.
Saved to Serve
Jimmie Johnson, our Guest Experiences Director, was our second communicator for this service. One question that we should all ask ourselves is: Why do we serve?
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
His main three points were these:
-We don’t serve to get the glory, we serve to give God the glory. It’s not about me!
-We don’t serve because it’s convenient. We serve because we are commissioned.
-We don’t serve to get something from God, we serve so God can do something through us.
Let’s Get Rich
Our third communicator, Creative Pastor, Hannah Lee, spoke on the richness of true friendships. We must invest in our friendships. What we value is reflected in the way we live. In Genesis 2, the first problem was not Eve eating the apple – it was isolation. God made Eve to make Adam’s life richer! Here are some characteristics of rich relationships:
- Rich relationships are high quality. They can be identified by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). High quality friends have God-breathed values and they challenge and encourage one another.
- Rich relationships are seasoned. Do your relationships add flavor to your life? Can you have fun with them? Do they make your everyday, mundane tasks more enjoyable?
- Rich relationships are meaningful. They help carry the burden (Galatians 6:2). They are deep. They choose to forgive and move past offense. A true, rich friendship will help you feel safe to bring down the walls and be vulnerable. You are fully seen, fully known, and still fully loved.
Our final communicator for the morning was our Production Director, Dylan Lee. He started with providing Scripture evidence for why we should not be alone. The key verses mentioned were Genesis 2:18, Acts 2:42, and Proverbs 27:17. Jesus made sure He didn’t live life alone, so we should do the same. We are meant to stand firm on our biblical convictions alongside our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That’s how we stay strong in our faith so we can overcome!
We are never alone.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
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