Belonging. Everyone wants and needs to belong. A club, a group, a team, a workforce, etc.
Instead of thinking “What is the least I have to do to stay involved?” When it comes to your life in Christ, may I suggest, “How can I get the most out of the benefits of the power of God to make my life the very best it can be?”
We are working our way through the 8 Core Beliefs in the New Testament that emanate from belonging to Jesus Christ. We will study #5 this Wednesday at 7 pm on Zoom.
Great People give their lives to Great Purposes.
Great people take on what has not been finished so far. What is left undone?
A Great Commitment to Great Purposes builds a Great Church.
1. The Great Commission: The Purpose of your Life.
A Great Commitment to the Great Commission builds a Great Church.
2. The Great Commandment: The Path for you to Follow.
A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment makes a Great Christian.
3. The Great Confession: The Profession of your Heart.
A Great Commitment to the Great Confession causes a Great Conviction.
4. The Great Covenant: The Promise you can Use every day.
A Great Commitment to the Great Covenant provides Great Confidence – here and hereafter.
5. The Great Community: The Partnership you have with Almighty God and your Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
A Great Commitment to the Great Community gives you a Great Connectedness.
Read this paragraph that describes the roots of The Great Community we enjoy to this day:
The book of Acts in the New Testament chapter 2:
41Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
The Believers Form a Community
42All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47all 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.
The church that Jesus built connects you to God, and to his people.
Added to the church: God connects you to his church.
Not as a number, but as a family member. “to join together, to gather with.” The 3000 who were converted that day were added to the number already following Christ, the 12 and the 120. The Great Community began with 3000 who were joined together into a community, a society, a congregation.
Join us Wednesday, from 7-8 pm on Zoom.