NL#3: Imagine Loneliness Fading As We Enter Into Life-Saving Community!

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STUDY GUIDE FOR 9-23-18

Imagine a New Life! #3 – Imagine loneliness fading as we enter into life-saving community!

Think about life:

  • Thinking back over your children, adolescence and adult life, what have been your best experience of being in community?

  • Have you stepped out of community because of hurt or disappointments? How did that affect you?

  • What would you say is the number one obstacle that keeps you from entering into the life-saving community that church offers?

  • What opportunities at Cornerstone/Encounter have enabled you to enter into community?

Digging Deeper into Scripture:

  • Read Philippians 2:1-5

    • Paul is writing to the church in Philippi. What does he say would make him truly happy?

    • What would it look like if a church was doing the opposite? What would it look like if a church was living out verse 2?

    • What are the “don’ts” and “dos” that Paul gives in verses 3-5?

    • What would it look like for a church to do the “don’ts”?

    • What would it look like for a church to do the “dos”?

    • Share a story of a believer who took an interest in you and how that affected you?

    • Talk about the need for “take an interest in others” to be reciprocal?

  • Read Eph. 4:1-6

    • Note: This passage is about what brings unity to a church.

    • How does Paul ask believer’s to treat each other?

    • (Verses 4-6) What does the unity of believer’s come from?

    • Do we expect other believers to not have faults?

    • What does it look like to make allowances for each other’s faults?

    • What are your faults or weaknesses that others need to make allowance for?

    • What is the one fault or weakness that is hard for you to make allowance for? Why?

  • Read Gal. 6:1-3

    • What is most people’s first reaction when someone is overcome by sin and makes a significant mistake?

    • What reaction does Paul ask us to have?

    • In the message we said: “We are not embarrassed by and we do not abandon each other when we stumble and fall.” How does that create an incredibly strong community?

    • What happens to community when we don’t’ follow Paul’s advice?

Scripture readings: Phil. 2:1-11; Phil. 4:2-9; Eph. 4:1-16; Gal. 6:1-10