August 2018 Sermon Series – Better Together
There’s an African proverb that says, “If you want to fast go alone; if you want to go far go together.” All truth is God’s truth and that proverb is so true. When Christ envisioned what we call Christianity He didn’t envision a bunch of people going at it alone. He envisioned a group of people going together. In fact “together” would be of such paramount importance He would declare it was our love for one another that would be the key to reaching the world with His good news.
This August we will learn how to be a more effective team and see how we are “Better Together.”
August 4-5 Coming Together, Romans 14:19; 15:5-6
“Better Together” requires that we actually be together. Let’s be honest, that can be awkward. Relationships are difficult. Personalities and priorities clash. Emotional and Spiritual maturity is all over the board. And we all have bad experiences in community. It will require a commitment to come together for someone greater than ourselves. This week we commit to figure it out.
August 11-12 Reaching Together, Matthew 28:18-20
One light in the darkness can make an impact to a point, but what happens when a bunch of lights come together? Suddenly the glow is unmistakable. “Is that a light over there?” becomes “There’s a light over there.” Jesus called us “a city on a hill that cannot be hid”, one that welcomes the stranger in. Jesus calls us to “go, make disciples”. This week we commit to share the mission.
August 18-19 Serving Together, Mark 10:43-45
The front end of Jesus Great commission was to “go make disciples”. The back end is that we would then teach them “to obey everything I have commanded.” How does this happen? When we all commit to serve in what ever way we can. Some will lead a small group of children, youth or adults. Others will support those ministries. This week we commit to serve the mission.
August 25-26 Standing Together, Acts 2:42-47
Church doesn’t happen by magic. Church happens by Holy Spirit inspired obedience and engagement on the part of those who know Christ. Some see Church differently. It’s not just a place to go or a program to attend. It is a mission to make an impact for eternity. This week we will commit to stand together supporting the ministry of the church.
September 1-2 Walking Together, Galatians 6:1-5
At the end of the day it all comes back to love. That’s what it was all about in the first place. God loves us so much he came to us on our mess. Now he binds us together to walk with each other out of our messes into the freedom and joy of the children of God. This week we learn how to walk together.