We had a great day at all of our campuses today! We continued the “Pursuit” series and were challenged by Pete to “Pursue Community”. Each of our campuses had community group leaders on site to help answer questions and connect people with a group. Between all the campuses we have over 50 new groups ready to start!
If you are still looking to get connected to a group, here is the contact person for each campus.
Dickson – Butch Simmons – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nashville – Natalie Robertson – email email@example.com
North – Kevin Cook – email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are still unsure about getting connected to a group, let me encourage you to read my notes below from Pete’s message.
Pursuing Community by Pete Wilson
Proverbs reminds us that sin is stupid and it gives us a vision of the “good life”.
Most of life comes down to our ability to establish and maintain relationships.
The one thing that distinguishes consistently happy people from unhappy people is consistent, life-giving relationships.
God said at the beginning of creation that it’s not good for man to be alone.
Pursue and nurture connectedness.
Isolated people tend to be more prone to loneliness, depression and self-destructive behavior.
To live isolated is to live without wisdom.
Wisdom is being willing to own the responsibility and to live a life to pursue and nurture connectedness.
Speak and receive truth.
You will not live in transformational community until you make truth a part of your conversations and language.
Most of us tend to avoid speaking truth in our relationships.
Community without truth is artificial harmony.
Scripture doesn’t give you a pass on truth-telling.
You cannot have a healthy relationship, marriage, church, etc. and avoid conflict.
If you haven’t had truth spoken into your life recently, one of three things is likely happening:
- You are living a perfect life (not likely)
- You don’t have any true friends
- You are living pridefully and not listening
Extend and expect grace.
When we’re offended by other people, we choose to be hurt. We bite back.
Some of you wake up every day looking to be offended. You feed off the drama. You look for an opportunity to bail on the relationship.
Nobody is a part of this community because you have it all together. We are all sinners. The only way fallen human beings really connect to one another is to realize we’re all sinners. We need people in our lives we can expect grace from.
Jesus is the only one who really balances grace and truth equally.
Which way do you lean more? Towards grace or truth?
Jesus always defined spiritual maturity in the context of relationships. How much do you love God and how much do you love other people?
How are you going to grow when it comes to speaking and receiving truth?
How are you going to grow in extending and expecting grace?