four: community

series: Core Values

title: four:community

teacher: Jacob Bender

date: October 15, 2017

scriptures: 1 Peter 2:4-5, Psalm 133, Ephesians 2:19-22

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Everyone at the core of who they are has many of the same basic desires and needs… and from a relational sense, what everybody longs for, whether they frame it this way or not, is they long to be:

fully known

accepted for who you are

and needed where you are. 

but to actually achieve all three takes an incredible amount of intention on the part of everyone in the community.

it is very easy to be accepted, if you aren’t fully know.

Which is where most of our world lives… in the “accepted” realm, but not necessarily for “who you are” as much as for “who you have projected to be” 

But You don’t cultivate a community like this by simply airing your dirty laundry every chance that you get. Transparency is vital to any healthy community, BUT The mark of a healthy community is not so much that it is a place of complete openness, where everyone knows every detail of everyones lives… (though we all need trusted people in our lives, who do!)

instead…

a healthy community is marked by its commitment to each other.

IT IS commitment that keeps someone by your side when you ARE open with them, and they find out the things that are buried in your closet that you wished nobody could ever find out about… 

it is commitment that keeps someone in your life after they have seen you at your worst.

but if you have transparency WITHOUT commitment, you will have an absolute mess on your hands… you will have gossip… you will have people taking sides against other people… you will have fractions like Paul talks about when he writes the Corinthians. 

True, Biblical commitment to the body takes so much intention… it takes determination that says “I love the church, and the gospel so much, that I am going to be the one that keeps this thing together…” -

what it takes is ownership. 

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