Jesus' invitation to His first disciples is the same invitation given to us today: follow Him and become His apprentices. We are invited to be with Him, to become like Him, and to ultimately do what He did. The intentional choice is foundational for us to follow the Way because His way is the only pathway to the fullness of life.
Being connected to one another isn't simply a nice way to live or a built-in support structure in case of difficulty. Connection to the faith community is one of the key aspects of our spiritual formation journey. We are always being formed—intentionally or unintentionally. Connection takes many forms, but is a vital aspect of the transformation process.
As followers of Jesus we have been called to a life together in community. The upcoming series will highlight the biblical importance of belonging to each other.
We are created to worship. However, much of the fallen world stands in the way of that worship, and it's only through Jesus that we can truly engage the eternal. Worship orients our lives back to what is true.
Real change will always spark real opposition. Changing the status quo will always be opposed by those who seek to maintain it. To not acknowledge the opposition puts the work at risk, but to focus on the opposition shifts our focus from God. We need to balance staying focused on the work and trusting Jesus for vindication.
Many people feel uncomfortable around others who are different from them and tend to gravitate toward those who are similar. However, when we allow our differences to separate us from our fellow believers, we are disregarding clear biblical teaching. As we will see in today’s text, the Bible makes it clear that we have some major commonalities. In fact, the Bible goes as far as to say we are one in Christ.
Conflict is something that most people tend to avoid. However, conflict is a fact of life. Many have made the point that conflict, even within the Church, is a sign of life; evidence of the fact that people really care. Avoiding confrontation is often a recipe for even greater conflict and pain. Therefore, the important question we need to ask is: how do we manage conflict appropriately within the fellowship of the church.
Standing against the flow of culture has the potential to isolate and wear down the individual believer. However, God has not left us alone—He has given us the gift of community. Jesus has created a new society of people who operate according to different values and motivations, together becoming a display of His glory.