I spent the morning at Cross Point Dickson and had the privilege of leading this congregation through the close of the Paralyzed series. As it was in Nashville last week, it was a very powerful service in Dickson today.
Then I hustled back to Nashville to catch Blake Bergstrom‘s first message at Cross Point. Blake is the newest addition to the Cross Point staff. He joined our team in late January to become the Nashville Campus Pastor. He is doing a phenomenal job connecting and pastoring this community already!
Blake challenged us today on the second point of our vision statement: “Irrevocably Committed to One Another”, reminding us of the value of community. Here are the notes from his message:
“Irrevocably Committed to One Another”
- We long to belong!
- We know ourselves better when we are known deeply.
- Romans 12:10 “Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other”
- It’s our universal heart cry to be wanted
- Romans 12:16 “Live in harmony with one another…”
- Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens…”
- Ephesians 4:2,32 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Be kind and compassionate to one another – forgiving each other…”
- I Thessalonians 5:11 “Encourage one another and build each other up…
- James 5:16 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…”
- The church is we not me!
- I John 4:19-21 “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
- We can only love God as much as we love people.
- Being in people’s lives is going to get your life out of order only to end up on the other side of it – much more in order!
- Everyone of us has junk that hasn’t yet been transformed.
- You have to slow down and be intentional with others.
- Christian community is marked by devotion.
What does “living in community” mean to you?