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Why Community Isn't Optional for Your Worship Team

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Community isn't optional for the believer. 

It's highly critical. Without it, we're just lone wolves unable to experience nearly everything the Bible tells us to.

It's true that our salvation can be complete and secure in Jesus without interacting with another living person. But the fully, unleashed, fearless and abundant life of a Christian can never happen without our brothers and sisters. 

  • Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

  • I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

  • And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

We need each other to rub shoulders with.
We need each other to speak life and love and grace over our circumstances.
We need each other to experience apologies and forgiveness.
We need each other to experience grace and mercy. 
We need each other to accomplish anything worth something in the Kingdom of God. 

 

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." - Chuck Smith

 

So how can we foster a culture of community right where we are? 

Could it be taking someone out to coffee? Babysitting for a leader? Writing a note to that person in the band you've had on your heart for a week? Do it this week. Whatever you know the "it" is, do it and watch your culture begin to shift. 

 

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Who Said You Could Do That?

As a kid, I remember asking the question over and over, "Who said?" Who said you could do that? Who said I have to go home? Who said I can't eat that? Who said, who said, who said...

As I got older, I realized my need for people to answer the "Who said" question never really went away. Except now it was chipping away at my identity. "Who said I'm bossy? Who said I'll never make it? Who said I'm not good enough."

Until one day, I realized, people's "Said's" don't hold a candle to what GOD SAID. GOD said we are valuable enough to send His Son to die so that we might be free. 

He said you're His son, His daughter (John 1:12)
He said you're free (Romans 8:2)
He said you're His friend (John 15:15)
He said your life is redeemed (Romans 3:24)
He said you're victorious (2 Corinthians 2:14)
He said you are chosen (Ephesians 1:4)

Live into that freedom friends. It doesn't matter what people say, or what your own mind says, you are who He says you are. End of Story. :)

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