Series: Life Together
September 08, 2019 | Sam Shaw
Why are relationships so essential to people flourishing? Why do we all long for community? NASA found they couldn't send a man into space alone for any length of time without severe risk to their health. The army trains instructors to never have just one person alone in a foxhole, but to always have two. Because they understood that people enlist because of love for country, but they will fight and die for their brother. Why is that? Why is solitary confinement one of the worst punishment you could put somebody in? And why is it that when we feel isolated it’s like torture? Join us as we embark on a series called “Life Together,” where we will be be talking about the fact that God uses other people in our lives to shape us. He uses other people to make us into who we deeply desire to be and what he wants us to be.
- Read Eccl. 4:9-12. Was there a lonely era in your life? What was a time when you had a great sense of belonging? In both cases, what factors contributed to this?
- What people have taught you the most- for better and worse - about how to engage in relationships?
- How does the description of the Trinity as a community of self-giving love and servanthood and delight differ from your previous ideas about God or the Trinity? How does it affect you to think God created out of the overflow of his delight and love of the Trinity?
- Read Ephesians 2:11-22. How has sin - yours or someone else’s - complicated a relationship in your life?
- How has being redeemed by Jesus and having the Holy Spirit make a difference in your relationships?
- What are some ways we could help the church become more of a family?
With billions of people in the world, someone should be able to figure out a system where no one is lonely. What would you suggest?
Every human being longs for the kind of relationships where we are known… where we love and are loved… where you celebrate and are celebrated. And it doesn’t matter if you're an extrovert or an introvert; socially awkward or adept. Every one of us in our soul treasures the kind of relationships, friendships that are rich and meaningful.
When some people think of church, they think of the building or they think of attending a worship service. But Jesus had a whole lot more in mind than that.
One day Jesus was surrounded by people, and his mother and his brothers came and they wanted to speak with him. Mark 3:33-35 tells us his response was, “‘Who are my mother and my brothers?' he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers!” And that is an answer you would never expect from a good, Jewish young man in that culture. And he went on to say, “Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother.”
So, Jesus came to start a family. It’s kinda funny to think of it like that, but it’s true… a literal spiritual family.
We’re embarking on a series called “Life Together,” where we'll be talking about the fact that God uses other people in our lives to shape us. He uses other people to make us into who we deeply desire to be and what he wants us to be. With billions of people in the world, there is a system that already exists, where no one has to be lonely. It’s called the church.