Life Together: Be Devoted to One Another (Acts 2:42)

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We are designed to be a part of a true community where we are devoted to one another. …

We are designed to be a part of a true community where we are devoted to one another.

The message was given on June 30, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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  • 1. Today’s Scripture: Acts 2:42, 47 Page 911 in our guest Bibles.
  • 2. FACEBOOK in a CROWD by Hal Niedzvviecki The New York Times( )
  • 3. crowded l o n e l i n e s s
  • 4. 7 SEVEN Obstacles to TRUE COMMUNITY in Calgary
  • 5. Impersonal Dynamics1 Image: Stock in Customs
  • 6. Dictates of the Weather2 image:Andy van der Raadt: image: Heather Ferguson
  • 7. We Prize Privacy3 image: Jon Wiley
  • 8. Sacred Reverence for 4 < / INDIVIDUALITY > < / CONSUMERISM > + image: mvdavid7
  • 9. Prefer Polite Distance5 image:DanielKulinski
  • 10. People are Messy6 image: Micah Taylor
  • 11. Wrong Strategies 7 image: Scott Ableman Adopt
  • 12. If you want to make sure of keeping [your heart] intact you must GIVE IT TO NO ONE, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. ~ CS Lewis Oxford Scholar & Author
  • 13. ...But in that casket, safe, dark, motion- less, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become UNBREAKABLE, IMPENETRABLE, & IRREDEEMABLE. ~ CS Lewis Oxford Scholar & Author
  • 14. BEING DEVOTED to ONE ANOTHER Acts 2:42
  • 15. And they DEVOTED themselves to ACTS 2:42 the apostle’s teaching and [the] FELLOWSHIP, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers. ESV
  • 16. fellowship (koinonia) = “shared life” “life together”
  • 17. They met CONSTANTLY to hear the ACTS 2:42 apostles teach, and to SHARE the COMMON LIFE.... NEB
  • 18. Moving toward one another in intentional relationship 1 fellowship / “shared life”
  • 19. “...that which we have seen and heard we proclaimed to you, that you too may have FELLOWSHIP with us; and indeed our FELLOWSHIP is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ.” The Apostle John 1 John 1:3
  • 20. 1 Moving for one another in willing sacrifice 2 Moving toward one another in intentional relationship fellowship / “shared life”
  • 21. “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.” Acts 2:44-45
  • 22. We are designed to flourish as a part of a true community where we are devoted to one another.
  • 23. our default mode should be... “we” instead “me”
  • 24. What would it look like if we were DEVOTED to shared life ?
  • 25. Believe that true community is part of God’s design for you. 1 image: Jacob Wackderhausen
  • 26. “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came....”
  • 27. REBEL VS. THE STATUS QUO 2 image: Brian
  • 28. Beware of utopian dreams of “The Perfect Community” 3 image:Tiger Pixel:
  • 29. “He who LOVES his DREAM of a com- munity more than the Christian COMMUNITY ITSELF becomes a destroyer of the latter....” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together
  • 30. Take the next step in the pursuit of true community. 4 image: csedward:
  • 31. ( like next Sunday ) 5 image: Tom Magliery
  • 32. COMING UP... • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 33. • July 14: WELCOMING One Another COMING UP... • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 34. • July 21: SERVING One Another COMING UP... • July 14: WELCOMING One Another • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 35. • July 28: PRAYING for One Another COMING UP... • July 21: SERVING One Another • July 14: WELCOMING One Another • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 36. • Aug 4: LOOKING OUT COMING UP... • July 28: PRAYING for One Another • July 21: SERVING One Another • July 14: WELCOMING One Another • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 37. • Aug 11: ENCOURAGING One Another COMING UP... • Aug 4: LOOKING OUT • July 28: PRAYING for One Another • July 21: SERVING One Another • July 14: WELCOMING One Another • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 38. • Aug 18: SHOWING HOSPITALITY COMING UP... • Aug 11: ENCOURAGING One Another • Aug 4: LOOKING OUT • July 28: PRAYING for One Another • July 21: SERVING One Another • July 14: WELCOMING One Another • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 39. • Aug 25: FORGIVING One Another COMING UP... • Aug 18: SHOWING HOSPITALITY • Aug 11: ENCOURAGING One Another • Aug 4: LOOKING OUT • July 28: PRAYING for One Another • July 21: SERVING One Another • July 14: WELCOMING One Another • July 07: LOVING One Another
  • 40. Is this an OPTIONAL thing?
  • 41. “God’s purpose, we say, is not merely to save isolated individuals, and so perpetuate their loneliness, but to build a church, to create a new society, even a new humanity, in which racial, national, social and sexual barriers have been abolished....
  • 42. “...People searching for community ought to be pouring into our churches…. For there are Christian communities all over the world where true, sacrificial, serving, supportive love is to be found. Where such Christian love flourishes, its magnetism is almost IRRESISTIBLE.” John Stott The Contemporary Christian
  • 43. “And the Lord ADDED to their number DAY by DAY those who were being SAVED.” ~ Acts 2:47
  • 44. Is this an OPTIONAL thing? Our very MISSION as the church in CALGARY is at stake.
  • 45. Image: Stock in Customs http://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00/6412850341/ Andy van der Raadt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87419656@N00/8409244244/ Jon Wiley: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61436699@N00/495488203/ mvdavid7: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29162086@N03/2876294648/ Daniel Kulinski: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7729940@N06/6441399323/ Micah Taylor: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63474264@N00/4665476904/ flickr images courtesy of: other: csedward: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29422041@N04/4391015676/ Heather Ferguson Brian: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolnian/582001739/ Scott Ableman: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7729940@N06/6441399323/ Tom Magliery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50318388@N00/2589564054/ Tiger Pixel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31471648@N06/3307790990/ Photos.com: Jacob Wackderhausen / 133613204