Experiencing Life
                     Together

                          Section 18
                        Pages 138 - ...
Life is meant to be
                     shared




Sunday 3 October 2010
In the Bible this is called fellowship.
         How would you define fellowship?
         ...casual conversation, fun, foo...
In fellowship size is important
         - smaller is better - you can
         worship in a crowd, but for
         fello...
The Body of Christ is a
  collection of many small cells
  - the life of the animal is in
  the cell
  In this way every C...
Beware of Fakes or Poor
              Imitations - often fellowship
               is advertised but not delivered




Sun...
In Real Fellowship People
              Experience Authenticity

            Real fellowship is genuine heart to heart
   ...
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we
         have fellowship with one another, and the blood
         o...
...confess your sins to one
                        another and pray for one
                        another, that you may...
In Real Fellowship People
               Experience Mutuality
            Mutuality is the are of giving and receiving.
  ...
...that you and I may be mutually encouraged by
         each other's faith - Rom 1:12
         Accountability is easier w...
In Real Fellowship People
               Experience Sympathy
   Sympathy - entering into, sharing
   the pain of others (B...
Sympathy meets needs: to be
    understood, and to have your
    feelings validated.
    When you understand and
    affirm...
Levels of fellowship, at a basic
    level, Sharing, Studying
    At the deepest level
    Suffering (entering into
    an...
Job needed this:
    A despairing man should have
    the devotion of his friends, even
    though he forsakes the fear of...
In Real Fellowship People
                 Experience Mercy


                        What is
                        merc...
Easton's Bible Dictionary
         Compassion for the miserable. Its object is
         misery.
         By the atoning sa...
Noah Webster's Dictionary
         1. (n.) Forbearance to inflict harm under
         circumstances of provocation, when on...
Fellowship is a place of
         grace - mistakes are
         rubbed out not in.
         We all need mercy.
         We...
You can’t have fellowship without
      forgiveness
      Bear with each other and forgive whatever
      grievances you m...
Out of God’s mercy to us we
  show mercy to others.
  When you are hurt you make a
  choice to retaliate - or to resolve
 ...
Point to ponder

            I need others in my life



Sunday 3 October 2010
Verse to remember
            Gal 6:2
            Carry each other's burdens, and
            in this way you will fulfill ...
Question to consider
            What one step can I take today
            to connect with another
            believer a...
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Rick warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 18

  1. 1. Experiencing Life Together Section 18 Pages 138 - 144 Sunday 3 October 2010
  2. 2. Life is meant to be shared Sunday 3 October 2010
  3. 3. In the Bible this is called fellowship. How would you define fellowship? ...casual conversation, fun, food, meeting people? Real fellowship is experiencing life together Including - unselfish loving, sacrificial giving, honest sharing, practical serving etc. In fact all the one another commands found in the NT Sunday 3 October 2010
  4. 4. In fellowship size is important - smaller is better - you can worship in a crowd, but for fellowship small groups are better >10 and some people don’t take part, and a few dominate Jesus worked with a small group. The Body of Christ is a collection of many small cells Sunday 3 October 2010
  5. 5. The Body of Christ is a collection of many small cells - the life of the animal is in the cell In this way every Christian should be involved in a small group of some sort - this is where real fellowship takes place. Matt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Sunday 3 October 2010
  6. 6. Beware of Fakes or Poor Imitations - often fellowship is advertised but not delivered Sunday 3 October 2010
  7. 7. In Real Fellowship People Experience Authenticity Real fellowship is genuine heart to heart gut level sharing. It is honest. It reveals hurts, feelings, failures, doubts, fears, weaknesses - it asks for help. Often in church we pretend (role play!) and wear masks Sunday 3 October 2010
  8. 8. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:7-8 Darkness hides things - light reveals and deals with them. Of course then we have to deal with fear of exposure - which makes us very vulnerable Sunday 3 October 2010
  9. 9. ...confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 Sunday 3 October 2010
  10. 10. In Real Fellowship People Experience Mutuality Mutuality is the are of giving and receiving. It is depending upon each other. The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part 1 Cor 12:25 Build relationships, share responsibilities, help each other Sunday 3 October 2010
  11. 11. ...that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith - Rom 1:12 Accountability is easier when we walk with someone else alongside us - you are not responsible for other people in the Body but you are responsible to them. Do whatever you can to help them. Rom 14:19 - Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Sunday 3 October 2010
  12. 12. In Real Fellowship People Experience Sympathy Sympathy - entering into, sharing the pain of others (Biblically it is called sympathy, though in modern expression it is called empathy) Col 3:12 - Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, (sympathy) kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Sunday 3 October 2010
  13. 13. Sympathy meets needs: to be understood, and to have your feelings validated. When you understand and affirm someone's feelings you build fellowship with them. This takes time, requires you forgetting your own hurts, needs you to leave self pity. Sunday 3 October 2010
  14. 14. Levels of fellowship, at a basic level, Sharing, Studying At the deepest level Suffering (entering into another’s pain, grief, burden). Gal 6:2 - Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. In crisis, grief, doubt we often need others most Sunday 3 October 2010
  15. 15. Job needed this: A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:14 Sunday 3 October 2010
  16. 16. In Real Fellowship People Experience Mercy What is mercy? Sunday 3 October 2010
  17. 17. Easton's Bible Dictionary Compassion for the miserable. Its object is misery. By the atoning sacrifice of Christ a way is open for the exercise of mercy towards the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness (Genesis 19:19; Exodus 20:6; 34:6, 7;Psalm 85:10; 86:15, 16). In Christ mercy and truth meet together. Mercy is also a Christian grace (Matthew 5:7; 18:33-35). Sunday 3 October 2010
  18. 18. Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency. 2. (n.) Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless. 3. (n.) Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willing to spare/help. 4. (n.) A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor. Sunday 3 October 2010
  19. 19. Fellowship is a place of grace - mistakes are rubbed out not in. We all need mercy. We should all offer mercy. 2 Cor 2:7 - Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Sunday 3 October 2010
  20. 20. You can’t have fellowship without forgiveness Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Col. 3:13 LB translates this, “Never hold grudges” - bitterness, resentment and the like destroy fellowship. Imperfect people will hurt one another - it takes grace and mercy to maintain fellowship - remember Col 3:13 Sunday 3 October 2010
  21. 21. Out of God’s mercy to us we show mercy to others. When you are hurt you make a choice to retaliate - or to resolve and forgive Trust and forgiveness are related: Forgiveness lets go of the past and should be immediate regardless of the the person asking for it. Trust then depends on future behaviour - do they then show changed behaviour? Sunday 3 October 2010
  22. 22. Point to ponder I need others in my life Sunday 3 October 2010
  23. 23. Verse to remember Gal 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Sunday 3 October 2010
  24. 24. Question to consider What one step can I take today to connect with another believer at a more genuine, heart-to-heart level? Sunday 3 October 2010

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