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Being Christ Church (2): FRIENDS - Community

. 2 min read

2014/05/04
Christ Church, Mountain Top; Holy Communion
Children,
John 20.19-31
Message,
Acts 2.41-47
Family
portraits 
Luke
captures a “portrait” of the ideal church
      Not just ideal for Luke
      Everyone wants to get in on it!
            “Added to their number daily”
            Our season at Christ Church
Worship,
Community, Mission
Friends
(Community), Purpose (Mission), Life (Worship)
Worship:
      Apostles’ teaching
      “Spent much time together in the temple”
      “Praising God”
      Last week’s theme, worship as LIFE
            Chosen obedience
            Fresh thinking
            Genuine love
Mission:
      Awe – wonders and signs
      “The goodwill of all the people”
      “The Lord added”
Community:
      Breaking bread
      Fellowship
      Caring for those in need
      Were together
      Gathering in homes
      Eating together
      Learning together
Koinonia “fellowship” – to have
something in common or
                  To have a share in something
(the business definition)
      California Chrome
            Offered $6 mill for 51%
            For a horse bred from a 8000 mare
and 2500 stallion
            Wins the 2014 Derby

Fit – being One
      Shared devotion, spiritual practice
            “devoted” = “persevere, sustain
focus” (not an emotion)
      Yet, significant differences, culture,
language, privilege
      Yet, pain and offense
      “Life is too short”
      Jesus is too important, and his body (the
church) is too important
      Soccer
team – passing to score
Fun – being Together
      Eating together
      Learning together
      Serving together
      Attractive!
      HS
Bible study group
Friends – being Known and being Loved
      Not just friendly
      Purple People Greeters – but I was not
their friend
      Know and be known
      Caring for each other

      Compression
underwear