by Brian Fletcher

You Were Made for This! - Topical Sermon on Small Groups
Brian Fletcher
Genesis 1:26-27, Colossians 3:12-17, Acts 2:42

Introduction: Just as Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away, is isolated on a deserted island, he has no one to relate to, he finally creates someone out of a volleyball. His friend is Wilson. He could not stand to be alone. But that's because he was not created to be alone, he was created for relationships. Tom Hanks that is, not the volleyball.

1. Made in the image of God means we were created for relationships
- Genesis 1:26-27
God is Triune: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three persons in one God. They are in perfect unity and they relate to one another perfectly. One does not exist without the other. So, part of the image of God is relational. And since we were created in the image of God then we know that we were created to live in relationships with God and with others. Living in relationships with one another is part of how we were created to live. Throughout the Old Testament we see God' people living together in unity; caring and loving one another. They needed one another because that is how they were created. I suppose that if God would not have wanted us to be relational then he would have given us separate worlds to live in. Some of you think that would be awesome but, I think you would get lonely pretty quickly.

God is for you and He really cares about you that's why He created others for you.
When we are alone we are missing out on God's best for us. When we are in Community we are experiencing life the way God designed it.

2. Our Identity in Christ leads us to relationships
- Colossians 3:12-17
When I was a younger believer, I used to read passages like this and think, this is what I have to do. today. I have to do all these things; compassionate, kind, humble, patient and forgiving. I saw them as my marching orders for the day. But as I matured in my understanding of the Scriptures I began to see that t ...

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