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The Soil of Radical Growth: Community

The Soil of Radical Growth: Community

1. Our church exists as one family revealing God’s love for all people.

2. Our family mindset can only exists as Jesus’ dwelling overpowers our judgements of each other.

3. Unity in the Gospel gives us a unique power to know, experience and understand Christ’s love.

4. We build unity by building relationships that center on the Gospel.

5. Our family mindset only happens as Jesus’ dwelling overpowers our judgements of each other.

Eph. 3:14     For this reason I kneel before the Father,  15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  18 may have power (“to be fully capable of doing or experiencing something” ), together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:20     Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Eph 3:10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

Eph. 5:1   Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Eph 4: 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Phil. 3:7   But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Group Questions:

  1. Read Eph 3:10, 14-21 with your group. Share your initial thoughts on what this passage has to tell us about God's intention for His church.
  2. What ways do you think churches struggle with living as though they are one spiritual family?
  3. What are characteristics of a church that lacks unity and togetherness? What are characteristics of a church that is unified around the Gospel?
  4. Read v17-18. What is the progression you see in the life of a believer that leads them to having "power together to grasp.... the love of Christ?"
  5. What does it mean for our inner being to be strengthened by the Spirit, for Christ to dwell in our hearts and for us to be rooted and established in love?
  6. In v18 Paul prays that we would have power together to understand Christ's love. Is there a unique advantage to seeking Christ together as opposed to being alone?
  7. What is the greatest challenge to building Jesus-centered relationships at church?
  8. Do you find it easy to stop seeking unity with others when you have established friendships? Is this biblical?
  9. In v21 Paul mentions to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. How is it that unity and acceptance of all people in the church contribute to God's glory being shared with the world?
  10. Spend time praying with your group that God would unite your relationships around the Gospel and that you would be open to others finding their place with you.

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