by Johnny Hunt

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His Story Affects Our Relationships (2 of 2)
Johnny Hunt
John 17:20-23

INTRODUCTION: This is what my Christian journey has looked like thus far:

? Christ Experienced (Salvation)
? Church, Gifts Discovered (Small Groups)
? Home, Gifts Exercised (Sanctification)
? World, Christ Expressed

- The unity that Christ prayed for is a spiritual unity based on our relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

- Once you discover your spiritual giftedness you come to understand that He gave us gifts as tools to build with - not toys to play with.

- Others within the church (body of Christ) profit when you participate in the “body life” (sharing life), allowing His spiritual resources to be used to edify.

GREAT TRUTH: Our fellowship together is meant to be a reflection of heaven, and Jesus is preparing us for that.

“The local church enables the world to look upon the canvas of God’s people and see an authentic painting of Christ’s love and holiness. And the local church lays down a pathway with guardrails and resting stations for the long journey of the Christian life.”
Jonathan Leeman

Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

We are used in each others’ lives as we share life together
to “stir up,” excite, stimulate or incite others, oftentimes
to do something.

We, as believers, need each other.

Illustrate: Bill Bright, with Campus Crusade for Christ, used to use the story of the wood fireplace that burned so brightly, but what happens when one log is taken out of the fire?

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Again, if t ...

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