Presentation on theme: "2 doubtlessliving.com Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt totally isolated and all alone? – Maybe you were traveling alone and lost."— Presentation transcript:
2 doubtlessliving.com Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt totally isolated and all alone? – Maybe you were traveling alone and lost your way. – Maybe you moved to a new community where you knew no one else. – Maybe you experienced the loss of a parent, child, or close friend. All of us have experienced feelings of loneliness at one time or another. You and I were not made to be alone, we were made for life together.
We were made for life together and biblical fellowship with other Christians is essential. Today we will examine a Word- based understanding of biblical community. We shall see that God designed His Word to be the bedrock of our fellowship and the impetus for our evangelism. 3 doubtlessliving.com
Proclaiming God’s Word doubtlessliving.com 4 Nehemiah 8:1-2 According to statistics, the average attention span of most adults is 20 minutes. Yet in this passage, the Israelites listened attentively to the reading of Scripture for six hours, from morning until noon.
doubtlessliving.com 5 Nehemiah 8:3-6 Revering God’s Word
doubtlessliving.com 6 Nehemiah 8:3-6 Revering God’s Word
doubtlessliving.com 7 Nehemiah 8:7-12 Responding to God’s Word
doubtlessliving.com 8 Nehemiah 8:7-12 Responding to God’s Word
We were made for life together and as we have seen today, Scripture is the basis of true community. When true biblical communities gather, God’s Word is always proclaimed, revered and applied. God’s Word is always pointing us to Christ and Christ is always pointing us to others. Therefore, if our communities are genuinely Scripture-based then they must be others focused. Our role as Christians, is to expand the community! 9 doubtlessliving.com