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Community: Christ and the Church (33 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
For the last few sessions, we have looked at marriage and relationships. Marriage is a great reflection of the love of God because it illustrates what He wants with His people: togetherness. He desires to be so close to us that two lives - His and ours - become one life. God wants to be one with His people (Eph. 5:30, 1 Cor. 6:17).
God wants to share Himself with us and us to share ourselves with Him to the extent that nothing we do is apart from Him. Everything we do and everything we think should be done and thought from a place of intimacy with Him, which is the incubator of abundant life.
True community is founded on the mutual love and respect that the apostle Paul writes about in Ephesians 5. Through sin, the family of God has been broken and wounded, but Jesus gave Himself for us that we might be cleansed and restored.
As we better understand God's heart for proximity and a shared life with His people, we will be able to see God Himself at a greater, more intimate level. We will also be better equipped to take His love out into our communities.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:25-27
EQUIP: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Have your group read EPHESIANS 5:25-27 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: We were created for union with God.
- God made us to have relationship with Him (Genesis 3:8). God desires to reunite with us - and for us to reunite with one another.
- Stuff happens. We fight. We bicker. But Jesus gives us an example of how we can dedicate ourselves to others and help them shine and grow.
Have you ever seen The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? The story is set in war-torn Middle-earth. However, one of the main characters is a hobbit named Frodo Baggins, and throughout the trilogy, his homeland (the Shire) is kept from harm. He and his friends go on a series of n ...
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