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Community (2017.09.10 Sermon)

September 10th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler began a mini-series on our call to be formed into mission through community.

Quotes and resources mentioned:

  • But, I can’t read the Bible without seeing the idea of “community” everywhere, page after page. There must be thousands of verses for community to every one verse about the afterlife. — Scot McKnight
  • Engagement with others in depth is always difficult within the church, which is probably why so few try it and why there is so little genuine Christian community in the world.  In other groupings we choose those we want to be close to and those whom we want to hold at a distance, which means that any relationship in depth is on the basis of human affinity and the standards set for friendship.  The church is the only place where this does not happen. A person is not received into the membership of the church because she is a certain type or because he has arrived at a certain place in life, but because he is following Christ. We do not do the calling. Christ does the calling, and this very threatening because the people he calls are the people with whom we are to have intimate belonging. This gives us a strange assortment of people to be with. — Elizabeth O’Conner
  • And that also clarifies the goal of all Christian community: they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The One Another’s
Wash one another’s feet
Be at peace with each other
Love one another
Be devoted to one another
Honor one another above yourselves
Live in harmony with one another
Stop passing judgment on one another
Accept one another
Be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith
Instruct one another
When you come together to eat, wait for each other
Greet one another with a holy kiss
Have equal concern for each other
Agree with one another
Serve one another in love
Bearing with one another in love
Be kind and compassionate to one another
Carry each other’s burdens
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
Do not lie to each other
Submit to one another
Bear with each other
Forgive one another
Spur one another on toward love and good deeds
Teach and admonish one another
Encourage one another
Build each other up
Try to be kind to each other and everyone else
Do not slander one another
Don’t grumble against each other
Live in harmony with one another
Confess your sins to each other
Pray for each other
Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins

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