Teaching Series: ONE Community – One Needs One – post 2 – Talk from Aug 2, 2009

Here is first post……

God created man and he created us to be in community with God and each other.  Even though we naturally pull away, and get alone, when we struggle,  aloneness is not the best thing to do.  God made us so we are healthier and stronger spiritually, emotionally, and physically when we are in community.

…so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.  Rom 12

We need each other for support in our spiritual lives.  It is not natural for us to think or be like God.  The Bible teaches us that God’s ways are not our ways.  So as we go about trying to follow God we need support from each other.  Our natural bent is the opposite of God’s.  He gives us His Spirit, He gives us His Word, but we still continue to not only disobey but we tend to compare ourselves to others looking for justification or support for our actions.  We want to know, “Am I OK?”  The world says go for it, be who you want to be, there are no moral absolutes.  We need the church, the support of other believers to stay on track spiritually and morally.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.  Heb 10:24-25

We are to look to other followers of Christ for support and motivation and we are to support and motivate others. 

Those who trust their own insight are foolish,  Prov 28:25

If we are going to be obedient, and carry out God’s work here on earth then we need each other.  We are the Body of Christ and Christ left us to do His work, through the Holy Spirit when He left to be with the Father.

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.  Eph 4:16

Oh, there are Lone Ranger Christians.  But there is no such thing as an obedient Christ-following Lone Ranger Christian.  We are created and empowered as well as ordered to do church together.  That’s not my or any other pastor’s idea, it is God’s commandment. 

The world is against your faith.  You are arrogant, prideful, and foolish if you think you can take on the world for God on your own. 

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.  Ecc 4:12

We need each other so we can get each other’s back.  Our blind spots are huge.  The devil makes his living as a master of deception.  He disguises himself as the angel of light or truth and tricks us into believing his lies are the truth.  We need to be watching out for each other.  As a counselor and a pastor, for years, I have heard people justifying and rationalizing the sin in their lives based on the lies of the enemy. 

We need to be willing to tell each other when we are off track and out of God’s will.  Usually your friend can tell you are off track before you realize it, if you ever realize it.  We are sometimes too far down the road of pain in our sin before we find out by looking at the brokenness we have left behind.  We need to be getting each other’s back.

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  Phil 2:4

We need encouragement from each other.  We need people to cry with.  We need people who are willing to celebrate with us.  We need people who are willing to come along side even during the tough times and help us persevere.  When we encourage one another it is healthy for the receiver and for the giver.  Maybe even more for the giver.

It’s not too hard to cry with someone you care about.  But we often fail at celebrating with those who need to be celebrated and most of us bail out way too early to help others persevere.  Like the bad friends of Job, we bail and we blame.  We have all been left to persevere on our own.  That is probably one of the more painful times in a person’s lives.  It is how you find out who your real friends are.  Friends don’t bail.

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.  Rom 12:15

 …all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 1 Pet 3:8

 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.  1 Cor 12:26

I think the most important part of being a community of Christ who is there for each other, is that God wants to use us to be His love with skin.  God wants us to love others with the love He gives us.  He wants us to love and minister to each other and then for that love to be a witness to His love so others will be drawn into the family.

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:35

Jesus tells us there are two ways to show we are His.  Through our obedience, and through our love.  Jesus said that if we will love God more than anything.  And if we will love each other as much as we love God, everything else, will fall in line.

You can’t be a Lone Ranger Christian.  You need each other to be obedient and to love.