We weren't designed to do life alone - and thankfully we don't have to!
Read Acts 2:42-47
- What are common stereotypes about church? Where do these come from?
- Name the cultural characteristics of a healthy church found in Acts 2:42. How do these differ from common stereotypes?
- How can we trust God's sovereign plan when we find ourselves in Christian community but don't really feel like we 'fit?'
- What is the primary thing that makes relationship (parenting, marriage, friendship, life group) so hard?
- Part of the nature of sin is to filter everything through a lens of 'how does this benefit me.' How is this attitude destructive to Christian relationship and how can we overcome it?
- The early church was DEVOTED (occupied diligently with, paying persistent attention to) biblical teaching and Christ-centered relationship. How can this type of devotion be cultivated today?
- Unhealthy community is characterized by condemnation, lack of correction, codependence, and/or lack of empathy. How have you experienced or contributed to these types of unhealthy relationship?
- Healthy community is characterized by:
- Affirmation - Take some time now to affirm what you see God doing in one another.
- Confession (James 5:16)- Take time now to confess sin and pray together.
- Trust - As relationships grow in affirmation, confession, and prayer, trust develops. What will help this group grow in trust?
- Service (John 13:34) - Healthy groups serve one another and others. How can this group grow in service to one another and others?