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1 Series: Better Together “What’s Necessary For Authentic Community?”

2 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” John 17:20-21 (NIV)

3 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

4 All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

5 They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

6 Ingredients Needed For Authentic Community: 1.Spirit Of Inclusiveness

7 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 (NIV)

8 Jesus’ Circle: The Blind, The Lame, Sinners and Tax Collectors Possessed/Mentally Ill, The Disabled, The Sick, Women and Little Children, Jews and Gentiles, Rich and Poor, Slave and Free, Leaders and Peasants, Black People and White People, Prostitutes and Prisoners, The Last, the Least & the Lost

9 My Circle: Who is in it? Who’s NOT in it?

10 Do I love, accept, & respect others who are different than me? Who do I EXCLUDE? Who did Jesus EXCLUDE? Who do I INCLUDE? Why? Do I love, accept, & respect others who are different than me? Who do I EXCLUDE? Who did Jesus EXCLUDE? Who do I INCLUDE? Why? Questions…

11 Love Your Irritations… The things that drive you crazy are actually giant opportunities. The people who press your buttons are actually your greatest teachers. The issues that make you angry are actually your biggest gifts. Be grateful for them. Love them.

12 Love Your Irritations… The people that take you out of your power have extraordinary value: They reveal your limiting beliefs, fears and false assumptions. One psychologist stated, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

13 Love Your Irritations… The things that irritate, annoy, and anger you are entry points into developing your ability to love people more deeply. They are signposts for what you need to work on and the fears you need to face. They are gifts of growth. You can blame the people who trigger you and make it all about them.

14 Love Your Irritations… Or you can do the wise things and look deep within to discover the reasons for your negative reaction. Use the challenges to grow self-awareness. Because how can you overcome a fear you are not even aware of? And how can you transcend an insecurity you don’t even know you have?

15 Love Your Irritations… One author wrote, “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am grateful to those teachers.”

16 Love Your Irritations… So the next time a co-worker sets you off or your teenager gets you going, or the next time a rude waiter in a restaurant makes you angry, walk over to them, and give them a hug. Thank them for the gift they just gave you. Because, in truth, they really did.

17 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)

18 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)

19 Challenging Questions: 1.How can we EXPAND our CIRCLE to be more INCLUSIVE? 2.What do I need to get healed on the inside that will help me SHRINK the Circle of EXCLUSION? 1.How can we EXPAND our CIRCLE to be more INCLUSIVE? 2.What do I need to get healed on the inside that will help me SHRINK the Circle of EXCLUSION?

20 Ingredients Needed For Authentic Community: 1.Spirit Of Inclusiveness 2.Depth Of Love 1.Spirit Of Inclusiveness 2.Depth Of Love

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23 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)

24 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)

25 Video: “We Need Each Other” by Jean Vanier

26 Reading: Luke 6:27-36 by Amy Burns

27 Ingredients Needed For Authentic Community: 1.Spirit Of Inclusiveness 2.Depth Of Love 3.Embrace Brokenness 1.Spirit Of Inclusiveness 2.Depth Of Love 3.Embrace Brokenness

28 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24 (NIV)

29 “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10 (NIV)

30 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

31 Ingredients Needed For Authentic Community: 1.Spirit Of Inclusiveness 2.Depth Of Love 3.Embrace Brokenness 1.Spirit Of Inclusiveness 2.Depth Of Love 3.Embrace Brokenness

32 Series: Better Together “What’s Necessary For Authentic Community?”


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