MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.5
from What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …
QUOTE: Jesus said in John 13:34 a new commandment. It wasn’t a suggestion. It wasn’t wishful thinking. This is something that should be a part of everything we do: “A new commandment I give to you,” Jesus said, “that you love one another.”
Love – not as you would define it. Not as the dictionary defines it. Not as a psychologist might define it. But that you also love one another as I have loved you. So you read through the New Testament, and whenever I read about how Jesus loves someone, I should be doing that, too. I should be doing that, too. If we do this, look at the promise in the next verse: By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.
If you’re in an airport and somebody gets off a plane from somewhere in Australia, from somewhere in Africa, from somewhere in Russia, some place you’ve never heard of before, if we love each other, they’ll be amazed that you’re from that church in Kinmundy. And they’ll know where we are because it says all people will know. We’re a loving congregation, but we’re not there yet.
That’s how important this is. The reason pastors talk about this love one another stuff so much is that relationships, healthy relationships, are important. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” When you and I link up with someone else and have a conversation, what this verse means, if you take it literally, is that Jesus joins our conversations, and conversations change human lives.
As a church, we’re not in competition with anybody. We do not keep score. But I want to tell you that if you want to measure the health of a church, it’s the number of conversations that people have with each other each week.
THINKING IT THROUGH
What gets your attention? Why?
What is the human need or problem here?
What is that like?
SOW: What does it SAY?
What does it say that I should OBEY?
WHO needs to hear this?
What is the divine solution?
How can we visualize it?
How can we make it happen? What are the steps?
The photo “Prayer – The Rock Church @ Music” is by Judy Baxter
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This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #3. What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …