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Freedom Requires Community

January 14, 2024
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Key Takeaways

  1. God uses community to promote health. (5:1-15, 29-31)
    • Physical (5:1-4)
    • Relational (5:5-10
    • Marital (5:11-15, 29-31)
  2. God sees spiritual growth on two levels. (6:1-8, 18-20, 22-27)
    • Individual devotion (6:1-8, 18-20)
    • Corporate blessing (6:22-27)
  3. God works in community for worship preparation. (chapters 7-8)
    • Corporate offering (7:1-11, 84-88)
    • Connection to God (7:89-8:4)
    • Consecration of leaders (8:5-12, 18)

Further Study

  1. David talked about the importance of community in spiritual growth. Spend a minute reading through verses he referenced. Begin with Hebrews. Consider the progression in Hebrews 10:19-25 and ask yourself the following:
    • Have I come to know Christ as Savior? (“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus… and since we have a great priest…”, emphasis added)
    • In light of Christ and the salvation He so freely supplies, how can I encourage others to grow deeper in their love for Him and others? How can I “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds”?
    • Have I forsaken my local church or am I actively encouraging fellow believers there?
  2. If you’ve not become a member of a body of believers, what’s holding you back? If you’ve not joined a Sunday Morning Bible Study, we would love to have you with us!
  3. David talked about the importance of reconciliation among believers. Spend some time reading through Romans 12:10-18 (cf. Matthew 5:23–24). Prayerfully consider your relationships. Is there someone with whom you should pursue reconciliation?
  4. David discussed the high priestly blessing from Numbers 6:24-26. Consider how Christ Himself is the fulfillment of this blessing.
    • Through faith in Christ, we are eternally kept; adopted as God’s children (Galatians 4:4-7) and “sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
    • God’s face shines upon us through the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is Himself the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3).
    • The Gospel provides the ultimate peace that comes from knowing that we are right with God. Through faith in Christ, we are able to experience this peace, knowing that our sins have been forgiven and that we have been reconciled to God.
    • The grace of God is found in Christ alone, “for the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17; Titus 2:11; Ephesians 1:7).
    • If you’ve not come to Christ, we would love to talk with you about it. Call or connect with us to arrange a meeting.
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