Speaker: Tim Fraiser
Date: January 31, 2016
Join us as we focus on who we are as a church and the mission God has called us to here in North Las Vegas and beyond.
Big Idea: Live IN Community
Key Phrase: We live in diverse community as a united family.
Statement: We live in community as seen in the Bible; first in the Trinity and then in the Church. Through the gospel we become a new community and a new family of deep friendship with brothers and sisters in Christ who come from all walks of life. We grow in Christ and put his love on display as we open up our lives to participate in a community that is built upon grace. The church is not a meeting you attend; it is a network of relationships you belong to, that share a common confession and mission. As we do life together in community, with God’s Word at the center, disciples are made. We come to see that all people stand on equal ground at the foot of the cross, giving us a freeing humility that welcomes the messy and glorious work of church community.
“Every human wish dream that is injected into the Christian community is a hinder-ance to genuine community and must be banished if genuine community is to survive. He who loves his dream of community more than the Christian community itself be-comes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Community vs. Biblical Community
A place where you are there to receive from others vs A place where you are there to give to others.
A group of people that I can just complain to and receive empathy vs. A group of people that I can share with, receive empathy, and challenge me to aline my views with Scripture.
A place where I can share my burdens with others vs A place where a group of people will walk along side of me and bare my burdens.
A group of people to hang out with vs A group of people that you can impact the culture with.
Scripture: Acts 2:41-47