Biblical Community


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Tim Bartel shares a message on Biblical Community, Jan 28, 2008.

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Biblical Community

  1. 1. Lifestyle Essentials #4: Biblical Community Romans 12: 3 - 16 Calvary Baptist Church Jan. 26 & 27, 2008
  2. 2. What is Christian community? <ul><li>“ Literally it means a communion, a participation of people together in God’s grace. It describes a new community in which individuals willingly covenant to share in common, to be in submission to each other, to support one another and “bear one another’s burdens” . . . and to build each other up in relationship with the Lord.” </li></ul><ul><li>Chuck Colson, The Body </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Does It Take? <ul><li>A Personal Commitment: v. 3a </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From “all of you” in v. 1 to “each and every one of you” in v. 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Faith-Impacted Perspective: v. 3b </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeing ourselves as both true sinners and deeply loved! </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What Does It Take? <ul><li>A Sense of Corporate Responsibility: v. 4 & 5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The commitment to be responsible because I belong to you! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Recognition of Diversity: v. 6 – 8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognizing the strength that comes when the Spirit is free to do the gifting and people are free to serve on the basis of His gifting! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What Does It Look Like? <ul><li>Sincere Love: v. 9a </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loving because we understand God’s love for all of us! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Sensitivity: v. 9b </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horrified about evil, clinging to what is good! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Devoted to Others: v. 10 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being committed to exhibiting kindness and grace! </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What Does It Look Like? <ul><li>Spiritual Fervor: v. 11 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking the presence of God seriously and serving His people! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Joyful Hope: v. 12a </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allowing eternity to inform our lives and be our source of joy! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patient Perseverance: v. 12b </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refusing to fight back! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What Does It Look Like? <ul><li>Faithful Prayer: v. 12c </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping God in it all, and letting Him have the final say! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generous Hospitality: v. 13 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open-handed and open hearted compassion! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Why Is It Important? <ul><li>It’s The Only Way to Tolerance!: v. 14 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It alone provides the resources for us to not fight back but show the love that God has given us! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It Encourages Empathy!: v. 15 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It causes us to walk slowly and be aware of those around us! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Why Is It Important? <ul><li>It Fuels Harmony & Humility!: v. 16 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It provides us with the motivation to treat everyone with respect, regardless of their standing in society! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Biblical community alone provides all the necessary tools and motivation for treating others the way God has treated us! </li></ul>