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What Do You Believe?

Apr 23, 2017 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

The Truth about Community

Acts 2:42-47

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What North American's Value

- Individualism

- Independence

- Individual expression

- Scientific approach

- Privacy

- Materialism

- Mobility

- Competition

Christianity is a community religion – the way of Christ expressed more fully.

Devoted to ‘koinonia’ - SHARING

How is Christianity different from the independent self-centred, individualism of our God-indifferent culture?

How are you different?

The early church modeled three eye-popping, heart-hopping, gob-stopping, jaw-dropping priorities…

1. Intentionally together for transformation (42, 46-47).

“Together” (homothumadon) – passionate, intentional togetherness of agreement (sameness)

It is not about frequency as much as it is about intense intentionality.

Because Jesus’ commission to produce more church was disciple-making – we make disciples by modeling Christian life together.

Are you sharing yourself so you and others grow up?

2. An interdependent, indispensable connectedness for completeness (44-46; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-20).

Indispensability of all the parts, giving, bringing life, and building up to reflect, preserve and produce unity.

Interdependence for the care of new believers and the material needs of each other.

Are you sharing your ‘stuff’ so the body grows up (Eph. 4:12-13)?

3. Inclusively close for mission; in complete contrast to the norm of community exclusiveness (43, 44, 47, Gal. 3:26-29).

“together” (epi) – closeness

The only race that mattered was the “third race”.

Meeting community need was more important than accumulating things.

Are you sharing you and your stuff so Christ is known, glorified, and desired?

A definition of Christianity - a transformative people glorifying Christ by SHARING, in close, passionate, proximity, ourselves and our stuff.

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