Authentic Community

A Shared Focus

August 28, 2016

When you visit another country or even another part of our country, you’ll notice several unique features to their community, to their culture. What they believe, whether they are relational, friendly or not, what kind of food they eat and of course what language or dialect they speak. A shared language is one of the key marks of any community. Just a simple “Hello” is often all it takes to recognize the community to which one belongs. The same was true of the first century church. They had a shared language it was the language of prayer. It was a shared focus, one that focused on spending time together talking to God in prayer.

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A Shared Food

August 21, 2016

When you visit another country one of the most noticeable differences that you’ll notice is the food. Every culture and region has different food. For that matter, even your neighbors will have different dietary preferences. Every nationality has unique taste in food. Some like it spicy and hot, some sweet, some sour. But it’s all about their community, their family. The food reminds them of home.

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A Shared Family

August 14, 2016

We are all looking for authentic community. This starts with family. Perhaps we hope to find community with our families first and when this isn’t enough or isn’t even close we hunt for family elsewhere. One of the number one compliments that I hear people say when it comes to having a great team is the saying, “Yeah we are like a family here.” If we are working somewhere or joining some organization we really want to hear that expression. As a Guardsman this is like the big thing: we are a family, we are brothers and sisters in uniform, take care of the family… But here is the truth, the most authentic family should be found in the people of the cross.

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A Shared Faith

August 7, 2016

In the book of Acts, Luke described the “authentic community” of the first century church and said they were marked by four devotions. We can experience this authentic community when we pursue these four devotions. Today, we’re going to focus on the first devotion, “A Shared Faith.” The text gives three steps to having a shared faith.

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Parenting 101

Release Your Child to the Lord

July 31, 2016

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul told them that he had been willing to parent according to their situation, sometimes gentle and affectionate like a mother and sometimes strong like a father in order to release them to live up to God’s calling. We can parent our children following God’s Word to match our child’s situation with a goal of releasing them to the Lord. The text gives three parenting styles that we can use in releasing our children to the Lord.

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Raise Up Your Child in the Lord

July 24, 2016

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians how to raise up their children according to God’s plan. As Christians, we can follow God’s Word in the training of our children and raise them up to maturity according to God’s intent.  The text gives four steps to raising up your children in the Lord.

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Ready for Christ's Return: An Exposition of 1 Thessalonians

Cooperating with God’s Goal (1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)

July 10, 2016

What is God’s goal for your life? That you become like Christ. Born again with a new nature, becoming like Jesus, so that you might be ready for Christ’s return. In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he closed the letter with final instructions on how they might cooperate with God’s goal for them to be sanctified and ready for Christ’s return. We can cooperate with God’s goal for us.

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Facing the Day (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)

July 3, 2016

In these passages of 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5, Paul tells the believers of Thessalonica that they can be ready to face the Day of the Lord. We too can be ready to face the Day of Christ’s return. Today’s text gives us three ways to face the Day of Christ’s return.

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Living to Please God (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)

June 26, 2016

Who are you trying to please? Is it your parents, your spouse, your kids, your neighbors or friends? What about God? Do you care whether God is pleased with your life? Another way of asking this is: Do you want God’s will for your life? Do you want to live to fulfill God’s will and calling on your life? In chapter four of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he instructed the believers to live in a way that would please God as they await the return of His Son, Jesus.

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Standing Firm in Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13)

June 19, 2016

How is your faith today? Are you going through a trial, a time of difficulty? Is your faith growing and secure? Or has your faith weakened in the face of hardship? What does it mean to stand firm in Christ? How can we not only stand firm but grow in our faith in Jesus and in His soon return when times seem to be getting worse? In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he taught the believers how they could stand firm in Christ while looking for His return. We can stand firm together.

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