The Sound of Silence
Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
We continued our “Marks of Ownership” series this week, talking about what it looks like to both own your faith in Jesus and the mission of Central.
Last week we looked at two marks, Passionately Pursuing Jesus and Found People Find People; This week we explored two more. The first mark, Gather to Grow, means that to really own your faith, you need to make attending a weekly service a priority. While it is possible to have a walk with Jesus on your own, it’s certainly not ideal. The Holy Spirit moves in a unique way when the Body of Christ meets together! For example, when we attend a worship service we get to see moving baptisms and hear inspirational conversion stories, take communion together, and engage in conversations that wouldn’t happen anywhere else. It is important to come together every weekend to experience this kind of community.
The next mark that we explored is Life is Better Together. While “Gather to Grow” allows us to experience large community, “Life is Better Together” involves more intimate community. It is through this step that we come together with a small group of Christians to basically do life together, through the good times and the bad. It is in these settings that we can be vulnerable about our struggles and celebrate our wins, receiving comfort and guidance through every aspect of our lives. At Central, we believe the best way to do this is through Life Groups.
Stop choosing isolation in your walk with Christ; your faith grows best in relationship. Get connected and experience the growth that God wants you to experience!
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“The truth is we are all dead wrong about something we are certain we are right about. The wise person simply realizes they don’t know what that is yet.” Joe Boyd
“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner. This is a happy discovery for the Christian who begins to pray for others. There is no dislike, no personal tension, no estrangement that cannot be overcome by intercession as far as our side of it is concerned. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the fellowship must enter every day.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
Big idea: Your faith grows best in relationship.
Glory – Phil Wickham
People of God – Monte Hunt
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) – Bethel Music