Main Text: 1 Corinthians 12:20-26
- Christians are all part of a larger whole. We are like parts of a body, which is the church.
- Our culture breads individuality. We don’t like to be dependant on people. The reality is we need people.
- Whether we acknowledge it or not, we long to do life with people. That desire is deeply inside of us. Isolation and loneliness leads to despair.
- True community is one that shares in victories and sorrows.
- We have to acknowledge that community requires getting outside our comfort zone. If we don’t get out of our comfort zone we would
- not take initiative to reach out to start friendships
- not expand the circle to welcome others
- not speak truth to those we love when it’s hard
- avoid conflict
- not ask for help
- not confess sin to each other and get accountability
- seek to instruct rather than seek to be vulnerable
- seek to be served rather than seek to serve
- Seeking community requires one to be self-less. Seeking comfort is self-ish.
- THE CHALLENGE: since we know we were created to be part of a body and we are created to NEED each other - Walk Through the DOOR of Community.
- Take initiative to invest in, start, deepen a relationship. Go outside your comfort zone.
- Get into a Community Group
- Try Men’s Ministry
- Try Women’s Ministry
- Students, try Student Ministry
- What aspects in our society do you think promotes individuality over community?
- When have you felt the need for community in your life?
- Why is reaching out for community uncomfortable?
- Which of the following aspects of healthy community is the most uncomfortable for you: taking initiative, addressing conflict, sharing weaknesses and failures vulnerably, asking for help?
- Verse 21 flat out says that we cannot say we don’t need each other. When are you most likely to tell yourself: that you do not need community or that you can handle it by yourself?
- When have you experienced someone entering into suffering with you well?
- What does it look like to enter into suffering with each other well?
- When have you experienced someone rejoicing with you well?
- Why is it so great to have someone rejoice with us? What does it feel like?
- What is one way you feel God pushing you to continue forward, to walk through the DOOR of community?
- What have been some of the benefits of being involved in a Community Group?
- How can we as a Community Group, be proactive in getting other people into our group?
Don't forget to post your attendance after group.