Community: Does Anybody Care? (3 of 3) by Rick White

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Community: Does Anybody Care? (3 of 3)
Series: Character Traits In The Family Of Faith
Rick White
Philippians 2:25-30

Message Truth: The church is made up of many members but it is presented in scripture as one body. As the body of Christ we have been called to live together in community. This is God's design for carrying out the work of His kingdom on earth.

Phil.2: 25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; 26 because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly in order that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned {about you.} 29 Therefore receive him in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.

Introduction: One of the most highly successful television programs to ever impact American culture was the sitcom Cheers . The setting was a downtown bar in Boston. Obviously, for those who ever watched the program you will remember that the entire focus was on the lives of the bar owner, co-workers, and a few of the patrons. Some watched it for mere entertainment without giving any serious thought to its message. For those with a Christian world view, while we would not endorse behavior, lifestyle, or certain attitudes about the show we did understand that we were watching a group of people who were seeking to form community. Listen to the words of the theme song:
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you ...

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