1. Bible clearly gives us a picture of a God who priori9zes comm-‐UNITY.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, aGer our likeness. And let them have dominion over the ﬁsh of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26 (ESV)
4“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Deuteronomy 6:4 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-‐3 (ESV)
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” Ma>hew 1:23 (ESV)
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. Mark 3:7-‐10 (ESV)
And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach. vs. 13-‐14
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. John 17:11 (ESV)
that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:21-‐23 (ESV)
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every na9on of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined alloXed periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and ﬁnd him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, Acts 17:24-‐27 (ESV)
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper ﬁt for him.” Genesis 2:18 (ESV)
• Strength for storms of life (Ecclesiastes 4:9-‐10) • Wisdom for making good decisions (Proverbs 15:22) • Conﬁden9ality & accountability for spiritual health (Proverbs 27:17) • There’s strength, reliability and assurance in community (Proverbs 18:24) • Spur one another on to good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-‐25)
1. Bible clearly gives us a picture of a God who priori9zes comm-‐UNITY. 2. Community isn’t a peripheral ministry
1. Bible clearly gives us a picture of a God who priori9zes comm-‐UNITY. 2. Community isn’t a peripheral ministry 3. We’re not going to HAVE life groups – we will EMPLOY them!