2 – Kingdom Magnets
Big idea: Our goal as Christ followers isn’t to draw people to us but to point people to Jesus.
1) We were created IN community FOR community.
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after 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.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:26-27
– Relationships with one another were born out of a perfect community of the Trinity.
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone…” – Genesis 2:18
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
– The problem? Sin. This barrier keeps us from living in a Biblical community, not only with God but with one another.
“At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” – Genesis 3:7
One of Satan’s great tactics in our sin is to fill us with shame and to convince us that we are alone, that no one understands, and if someone knew ________ about us, they’d condemn us.
“I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
The goal of Biblical community is to not only strengthen and encourage us, but also to come alongside us when we are walking away from God and lead us back to Him. God uses community in our lives to bring us to repentance, to restore us and to remind us that we are not alone.
2) God wants our love for one another in community to point people to Jesus.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:3-11
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:42-47
– There should be something so different, so attractive, so magnetic about our worship, and our love and care for one another that the dying world around us says: “I want that. I need that.” It’s not easy. But it’s worth fighting for! It has to start vertically with our connection and relationship with the Trinity, then it can flow outward to the world around us.
1. What stood out to you about what Andie shared tonight? What did you hear?
2. What do you find attractive about the idea of Biblical Christian community? What do you find challenging about it?
3. Are there places of shame, pain, or sin in your life that you are afraid to talk to others about? What are you afraid of?
4. Read Hebrews 10:24-25 and Acts 2:42-47. According to these verses, how are we to love and care for one another in the context of Biblical community? How should this affect those who don’t know Jesus? How does this hit you personally?
5. Are you connected with a group of people in a way that those who don’t know jesus would want to know more about who He is because of what they see in you? If not, what needs to change?