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Connect Four: Investigating The Benefits of Belonging (2 of 6)
Series CSI: Houston
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Eph. 4:25b (The Msg)
1. CONNECT FOR HEALTH
• Eph. 4:16 (NLT)
2. CONNECT FOR GROWTH
• Col. 2:19 (NLT)
• Rom. 12:4-5 (LB)
• 1 Cor. 12:27 (LB)
3. CONNECT FOR EFFECTIVENESS
How many of you have ever played Connect 4, raise your hand. I love this game. I love to play Connect 4 with my youngest son, Steven. Many people would say there is no skill involved in the game; Steven would beg to differ when he whips up on me. This is the game where you have to connect four checkers, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally and it is very complicated. It takes a very smart person. I'm so into Connect 4 that I was playing Connect 4 with a group of the Student Ministry Band the other day. We were having a Connect 4 tournament and I was winning the tournament. They love Connect 4 so much they said, "Pastor Kerry, we're going to start a new boy band and call it Connect 4. We only have three members so far, just us three guys, and we are looking for another member of our boy band." I volunteered myself to be part of their new boy band. Some of you may think boy bands are going out. No, they are coming back now with our new group, Connect 4. I may have to resign from being the pastor at Fellowship of The Woodlands because we are going on tour soon and we just cut our first video. It's huge. Maybe you've seen it. Well, hopefully, you're not watching MTV, but it's been on there several times. So, I want to début it right here at Fellowship of The Woodlands, our group Connect 4 singing our title cut Connect 4, the group Connect 4. Just watch.
Yeah, that was our first of many. Those guys are amazing. They really wrote this song and recorded this song and I was just along for the ride. It tells me two things about them. Number one, they are very talented and number two, they have way too much time on their hands.
We are in a new series that I am calling CSI: Houston, as we are looking at the three clues that lead to significance and fulfillment in life. It's just the opposite of what our culture says. If you go on the search for significance with me over the next few weeks, it's going to impact our lives and it's going to start a wave that I believe will impact all of Houston. CSI stands for Connect, Serve, Impact. Today we are going to talk about the power of connection because the first key to fulfillment and significance in your life is spiritual connection. So, take out your outlines from your program and let's look at our first verse and we'll get right into it. Ephesians 4:25. "In Christ's body we're all connected to each other …." Circle the word connected. The body of Christ is the church.