January 7 - Loving Well In A Community of Faith
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Bryan Launer will continue the class on Understanding the Heart in the youth room at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
This Sunday, January 7, we will look at the theme of Christian community through Paul’s letter to Philemon. We’ll see how vitally important our fellowship with one another really is. It matters to God how well we are loving each other. It’s an indication of our own personal knowledge of God’s love for us. Clearly, the Christian life was meant to be lived out in community. This is part of how we come to the “full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (v. 6).
Review and Apply
What is true Christian fellowship?
Are you experiencing the kind of community you want at CCC? Why or why not?
Are there patterns of behavior in our own life that serve as obstacles to the community you desire? (ex: work schedule, prioritizing hobbies)