Overcoming the Barriers to Embracing Community

November 15, 2020

     Text: 1 John 4:7-21

 

The Principles of Community in review:

      To KNOW and BE KNOWN:                                        
      To SERVE and BE SERVED:                                         
      To ADMONISH and BE ADMONISHED:     
      To ENCOURGAE and BE ENCOURAGED:

      To LOVE and BE LOVED:

 

The Barrier of  FEAR

 

Fear influences us to resist community

      Fear of Being Known

      Fear of Being Used

      Fear of Conflict

      Fear of Being Ridiculed

      Fear of Rejection

 

Our greatest fears

      Being Hurt

      Being Used

      Betrayal

      Failure

      Ignored

      Insignificance

      Rejection

      Ridiculed and Laughed at

 

 But…

 Perfect love drives out fear    (vs.18) 

 

How can we be perfected in love?

      Believe in the life and work of Jesus Christ

      Believe in the love that God has for us

      Remain in fellowship with God through Jesus Christ

 

        BY THIS WE ARE PERFECTED IN LOVE

 

         A Perfecting Community

      We are to be ONE as HE is ONE

More than friendship or acquaintance

 

                Relational Oneness

Intimacy – Knowing and being Known

Sharing and Living our Lives Together

Unity of Mind, Purpose, and Direction

 

Footnotes:

When was the last time you shared your heart with
                      a fellow believer outside your family.

When was the last time you shared your fears with
                      a brother or sister in Christ

When was the last time you intentionally sought to
                     deepen a relationship with someone.

Share a meal with someone and share a sincere prayer
                     request with them.

 

      The Evidence of Perfecting Love

We have confidence in the day of judgment

We become like Christ in this world

We become fearless

We love one another

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