First Baptist Church Statesboro
Closer to Jesus: Living in Community
January 23, 2022
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Romans 12:3-8

Closer to Jesus: Living in Community

January 23, 2022 / Romans 12:3-8

Closer to Jesus: Living in Community
Romans 12:3-8

Main Thing to Know:
If I’m faithful to Jesus I’ll be faithful to a local church

Experiencing Community within a Church:

We have many members in one body (v. 4)

• We have multiple backgrounds & varied perspectives

All the members do not have the same function (v. 4)

• We have unique roles & responsibilities

We, being many, are one body in Christ (v. 5)

• We have unity amid diversity

[We are] individually members of one another (v. 5)

• We are cared for & counted on

Why Engage with a Local Church:

It is in the family of God that I am able to care and be cared for; love and be loved; forgive and be forgiven; rebuke and be rebuked; encourage and be encouraged . . . [it] is a family affair, rather than a solitary pursuit.
—Steve Timmis, I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That

• Because God is worthy

• Because the church is a body

• Because Satan is deceptive

• Because spiritual growth is ongoing

We were made for physical connection with people in real places, not just informational connection through the mediation of screens. In a lonely, disembodied world, the church offers a beautiful alternative: an enfleshed community where . . . you can be known . . . warts and all.
—Brett McCracken, The Wisdom Pyramid

 

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