Bible verses on TrustworthinessPsalm 5:9 NIV Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.Psalm 41:9 NIV Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.
Absence of TrustChurch has become a show:◦ How well I am doing professionally◦ How well my kids are doing◦ How good my taste is in men/women, m/vehicles, clothes, cosmetics◦ How well I am doing spirituallyChurch is now about competition◦ We compete about how well we now scripture◦ How many prophecies I can interpret and apply◦ How many Priorities magazines I have handed out◦ How many days this week my family had family worship
Absence of TrustChurch is no longer a hospital◦ Sick people are afraid to come here, why?◦ We turn our noses up at the ones perceived as sickThe church is not following Christ’s example in its entirety◦ Jesus was naked and bare to the world yet He didn’t compromise◦ The church hides itself from the world◦ The church is isolated◦ The church is afraid to mingle◦ The church is insecure in its own security
What does a lack of trust look likeMembers conceal their weaknesses/issues/problems from each otherMembers are hesitant to reach out for helpMembers jump to conclusions about the intentions of others without first attempting to clarify themMembers are afraid to affirm and tap into each other’s skills and abilitiesMembers try unsuccessfully to manage each other’s behaviorMembers hold grudges
Absence of Trust and InvulnerabilityEzekiel 11:19 (KJV)And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of trust” – Brene BrownBe willing to let go of who you think you should be and embrace who you areTrust is impossible when one is invulnerable
Connections and vulnerabilityThere can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community. – M. Scott PeckConnections give purpose and meaning to our livesConnections come through authenticity
Churches that have TRUST do the followingAdmit weaknesses and mistakesAsk for helpAccept questions and input about their areas of responsibilityGive one another the benefit of the doubt before arriving at a negative conclusion.Take risks in offering feedback and assistanceAppreciate and tap into one another’s skills and experiencesFocus time and energy on important issues, not politicsOffer and accept apologies without hesitationLook forward opportunities to work as a group
Bible verses on Trustworthiness1 Timothy 3:11 NIV In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.Proverbs 3:29 NIV Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.Proverbs 11:13 NIV A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.