SERIES: Spirit Hacks: Tips and Tools for Mastering Your Spiritual Life
MESSAGE: Community Is...
SPEAKER: Nate Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:44-46

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Every day brings with it a list of tasks we must accomplish in order to live life and get through the day—tasks that range from mundane to difficult. Sometimes we find tips or shortcuts—often called life hacks—that save us time and effort. Like everyday life, our walk with Christ can be tough to get through, but we have built-in assistance to help us along the way: an authentic community of people who share our faith. This week's Spirit Hacks from the book of Acts help us give and get the most out of fellowship.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: January 6, 2019
Speaker: Nate Heitzig
Teaching: "Community Is…"
Text: Acts 2:44-46

Path

Every day brings with it a list of tasks we must accomplish in order to live life and get through the day—tasks that range from mundane to difficult. Sometimes we find tips or shortcuts—often called life hacks—that save us time and effort. Like everyday life, our walk with Christ can be tough to get through, but we have built-in assistance to help us along the way: an authentic community of people who share our faith. This week's Spirit Hacks from the book of Acts help us give and get the most out of fellowship.

  1. Life Together (v. 44 "Now all who believed were together")
  2. In the House (v. 45 "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple")
  3. And Your House (vv. 45-46 "and breaking bread from house to house")
Points

Life TogetherIn the HouseAnd Your HousePractice

Connect Up: Within the Trinity there is mutual exchange of love between each Person—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As a divine community of Being (God's triune nature), God expresses Himself through community. In theology, the divine community is called divine economy, the mission each Person has within the community of the Godhead. Here's a simple example: The Father works through creation, the Son works through redemption, and the Holy Spirit works through sanctification. How does Christian community reflect God? What is our mission—our service to God and others?

Connect In: As Pastor Nate pointed out, Acts 2:41-47 is a marvelous framework for Christian community. Using the principles outlined in the text, share how love and community are present in the following:Connect Out: Using your church or Connect Group as an example, what about it would be attractive to non-believers? How do your church and group reflect true Christian community? What can you improve upon this new year to reflect Christian community, helping to reach a hurting world?


1 Lynn Wardle, CNS News, "Disintegration of the Nuclear Family Threatens America's Survival," February 11, 2015, https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/lynn-wardle/disintegration-nuclear-family-threatens-america-s-survival, date accessed 1/7/19.
2 Blue Zones, "Friends Nourish the Body and Soul," April 9, 2015, https://www.bluezones.com/2012/04/friends-nourish-the-body-and-soul/, date accessed 1/7/19.
3 Pamela Cowan, Calgary Herald, "Depression will be the second leading cause of disease by 2020: WHO," date? http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Depression+will+second+leading+cause+disease+2020/3640325/story.html, date accessed 1/7/19.
4 Guy Winch, Psychology Today, "Loneliness Poses Greater Public Threat than Obesity" August 23, 2017, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-squeaky-wheel/201708/loneliness-poses-greater-public-health-threat-obesity, date accessed 1/7/19.

DETAILED NOTES
“Community Is…”
Acts 2:44-46

  1. Introduction
    1. At times, our Christian walk can be difficult and mundane
    2. Learning to be more intentional and disciplined in our daily walk can help us to grow
      1. Reading the Bible daily
      2. Praying daily
      3. Spending time with other Christians regularly
    3. At its core, the church is simply a community
  2. Life Together (v. 44 "Now all who believed were together")
    1. People today are searching for a place to belong—a place where they can be safe, be loved, and love others; this is what church should be
    2. Greek word koinónia
      1. Means fellowship (communion, partnership) and was used to describe the early church
      2. Koinónia principle: God's people take care of each other
    3. God has a unique plan and place for His church in this world
      1. Ekklésia literally means to call out and to be called to
      2. The church is called out of this sinful, worldly system, and as Christians, we are called to gather together
    4. Our identity as followers of Christ should be rooted in our proximity to one another (see John 13:35)
      1. We can't use the hurt that someone has done to us to relegate the church to our past
      2. If your theology separates you from those like you, you've got some work to do
  3. In the House (v. 46 "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple")
    1. It's not an option for Christians to take or leave community; it's a command to participate, and it allows God to work through His church
    2. Church should be an oasis, reviving and equipping us for the coming week
    3. One of the problems in the church today is the attitude of consumer rather than servant
    4. The purpose of the church is:
      1. To honor God
      2. To teach the Word
      3. To proclaim the gospel
    5. The beauty of the church is its diversity—people from different walks of life, different life stages, different races, etc.; our commonality as the church should be found in the person of Jesus Christ
      1. Uncommon fellowship is the kind of fellowship God wants for His church
      2. Uncommon fellowship makes little of men and much of Jesus (see Galatians 3:26)
  4.  And Your House (v. 46 "and breaking bread from house to house")
    1. Your only interaction with other believers should not be once or twice every week
    2. "The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God's people—strengthened by preaching and sacrament—go out of the church door into the world to be the church. We don't go to church; we are the church" —Ernest Southcott
    3. We were created for community; we were not meant to be isolated
    4. Our capacity for community started with our creation
  5. Conclusion
    1. Community is about God; our relationships with other Christians should reflect our relationship with the Lord
    2. The church should be the most inviting, refreshing, and compelling representation of community in our world
Figures referenced: Ernest Southcott

Greek words: ekklésia, koinónia

Cross references: John 13:35; Galatians 3:26

Topic: fellowship

Keywords: church, community, fellowship, relationships


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