authenticity and transparency


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  • Introduce Josh and the discussion… we want to invite you into the conversation… JC :: Josh bio – why/how community is important
  • authenticity and transparency

    1. 13. create spaces of grace live in intentional relationships share relevant truth
    2. 14. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
    3. 15. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
    4. 16. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
    5. 17. worship evangelism fellowship discipleship serving
    6. 18. celebrating what God is doing (worship)
    7. 19. telling others on the outside what God is doing (evangelism)
    8. 20. connecting and accepting one another (fellowship)
    9. 21. intentionally guiding one another towards Christ and towards personal priesthood (discipleship)
    10. 22. being sensitive to know and meet needs (serving)
    11. 24. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
    12. 25. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them…
    13. 26. living and being authentic and transparent
    14. 27. authentic :: Of undisputed origin; genuine; Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief transparent :: Open, public; theories and practices are publicly visible, thereby reducing the chance of corruption.
    15. 29. what we do :: create spaces of grace live in intentional relationships share relevant truth
    16. 30. <ul><li>how we do it (what it looks like) :: </li></ul><ul><li>celebrating what God is doing </li></ul><ul><li>telling others outside what God is doing </li></ul><ul><li>connecting and accepting on another </li></ul><ul><li>intentionally guiding one another to Christ and towards personal priesthood </li></ul><ul><li>being sensitive to know and meet needs </li></ul><ul><li>living and being transparent and authentic </li></ul>
    17. 31. So what now? What are your dreams for our church?
    18. 32. “ You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
    19. 33. “ Lets stop complaining about the church we've experienced and start being the church we dream of.” -Shane Claiborne