Uncommon 1-Uncommon Community 1/7/18 (MS)
“The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world…” (John 15:19)
Big Idea: What you let in to your spiritual life will work its way in to all of your life.
show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
“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)
Uncommon community has:
1. An uncommon commitment to God’s Word
- An uncommon commitment to each other
- An uncommon commitment to their circles
“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” (verse 44)
“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.” (verse 47)
- Pray often
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
- Humble yourself.
“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” (Romans 12:3)
- Listen deeply
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (Colossians 3:12-13)
- Be honest
“But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.” (Colossians 3:8-9)
– How much do you find yourself trying to just blend in? What drives that desire? – What comes to your mind when you hear the word uncommon? Why do you think Jesus calls His followers to be uncommon? – What comes to mind when you think about community? What were some of the marks of that early church community (we read in Acts) that stood out to you? – How do you think our ms community here could grow to be more like that one? – What are some ways you can apply what you heard tonight to your life this week?