Pastor Brandon Berg
‘koinonia’: 'participation'- fellowship, the close association between persons, emphasizing what is common between them; by extension: participation, sharing, contribution, gift, the outcome of such close relationships.
Genesis 1:26, NLT
"Then God said, 'Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.'"
Genesis 2:18, NLT
"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.'"
Genesis 2:23, NLT
"'At last!' the man exclaimed. 'This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called "woman," because she was taken from "man."'”
The Believers Form a Community
Acts 2:42-47, NLT
"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved."
Big Idea: We are created for community, in the image of God in perfect community, to participate in imperfect community.
3 Truths about Jesus Community
- Our God IS perfect community
- We are created for community
- We find completeness in community
Discussion Questions for Further Application:
- Who are you in "partnership"/ "community" with in life?
- Who might God be calling you into community with?
- What are your fears about entering into close relationship with a small group of people?
- Think about the Aspen tree illustration: How might taking a risk and joining some sort of Life Group benefit your spiritual journey?
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