Building a Life of Community (5 of 5) by Kerry Shook

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Building a Life of Community (5 of 5)
Series: Sand Castles
Kerry Shook

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Eph. 2:10 (NIV)

1. GAIN THE CARPENTER'S PERSPECTIVE ON PEOPLE AND PRESSURE

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matt. 7:3-5 (NIV)

"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us--they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady." Rom. 5:3-4 (LB)

2. DRILL DOWN TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF CONFLICT

"Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." Matt. 12:34 (NIV)

• Hurt

• Fear

• Frustration

3. LEVEL WITH OTHERS IN LOVE

"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ." Eph. 4:15 (NIV)

4. PLUG INTO THE POWER SOURCE

"I think you ought to know, dear brothers, about the hard time we went through in Asia. We were really crushed and overwhelmed, and feared we would never live through it. We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for he can even raise the dead." 2 Cor. 1:8-9 (LB)

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