Our prayer is that these notes help and encourage you in deeper reflection on the sermon topic each week.
If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Community of Celebration & Care
1 Corinthians 12:26, 27
2 corinthians 6:3-10
What does it look like to participate in the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20) individually? What does it look like to participate in a community of believers, especially your Home Group?
Is the way that you use social media reflecting your God-given mandate to care for the people around you? Are you motivated by a desire to elevate the way others see you, or truly from a heart of care and love for any one who might ready whatever you post.
Erik pointed out that believers having "all things in common" (from the Acts passage) is not talking about life stage or hobbies. When have you been tempted to only seek community with people who seem to be most similar to yourself? How can you actively seek to form truly gospel centered relationships, where the love of Christ is what binds relationships together, whether you have more things in common or not.
As believers in Christ we should be experiencing the joys and sufferings of others in real and tangible ways. How would focusing on the goodness and grace of God together lead you to rejoice with your brothers and sisters, in all of their successes. How can you also aim to share truths about the goodness of God and help your brothers and sisters cling to His goodness even in the middle of their sufferings?
Erik highlighted the facts that most of the law given in the Old Testament was given for the good of the community and to help Israel care for their neighbors. Have you read Leviticus with this understanding in the past? How does that change the way you view this stereotypically difficult Old Testament book. If you haven't read Leviticus in a long time, consider writing a note for yourself about this, and sticking it in your Bible at the book of Leviticus. This can help you the next time you read it, to consider the book with this understanding.
"By having a deep care for others in their suffering we show God's love to be compelling and glorious." - Erik Ripley
"We spend much unneeded energy trying to create a good image of ourselves when we already are the image of God himself." - Erik Ripley
“The prisoner, the sick person, the Christian in exile sees in the companionship of a fellow Christian a physical sign of the gracious presence of the triune God.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.” - Charles Spurgeon
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less" - C. S. Lewis
Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith by the power of the Holy Spirit a part of your growth in Him.
We have a playlist on Spotify, including some of the songs we will be singing together at gatherings this Summer. If you'd like to listen to these songs at home or on the go you can listen on Spotify here.