LIFE with People (Part 1)
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 10:10, Genesis 1:26, John 13:34–13:35, Hebrews 10:24–10:25,
A seven-week series about entering into and experiencing more of the LIFE that only Jesus gives
The Loneliness Epidemic
While there are many problems plaguing our nation today, none may be greater than the epidemic of loneliness. In the 1980s, 20% of Americans said they were “often lonely.” Now it’s 40%. The number of Americans with no close friends has tripled since 1985. Likewise, the average number of people we feel we can talk to about "important matters" has fallen from three to two. Former Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, went so far as to say: “During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.” Because of all this isolation, we've seen rises in the rates of suicide, depression, addiction, and mass gun violence--all of which are influenced by an increasing lack of genuine human connection.
John 10:10 NIV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
A Model for Experiencing More LIFE
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Once we enter into Capital L LIFE by knowing Jesus personally as our Savior, we experience even more of that LIFE by following Him fully as our Lord. For every Christian, the pursuit of more LIFE begins at the core--we start with Jesus and we stay with Jesus as the center of our life. Then as we build upon our “LIFE with Jesus,” it transforms our “LIFE with People.” Then as we're loving God and loving people, our “LIFE with Purpose” begins to take shape and Jesus leads us to live for something bigger than ourselves.
LIFE with Jesus, part one: Glorify Jesus in Everything
Two simple commands build the core of our LIFE with Jesus. The first is to glorify Jesus in everything. To glorify means to honor and to worship in everything we say and do. There is absolutely nothing in our lives that is off limits to Jesus. Motivated by grace and gratitude, we live to glorify Jesus every hour of our week and every area of our lives (168).
LIFE with Jesus, part two: Grow as a Jesus-Follower
For Christians who have entered into LIFE with Jesus, we are called to follow Jesus as His disciples. It's much more than just being a casual fan. A disciple is an enthusiastic follower; a committed learner; and a devoted imitator with the ultimate goal of becoming more and more like Jesus in our everyday lives.
Cooperation in Transformation (Growing as a Jesus-follower)
1. LEARN (what I know)
2. OBEY (what I do with what I know)
LIFE with People
We were never meant to go through life alone. LIFE with Jesus empowers our LIFE with people and transforms our relationships.
Genesis 1:26 NIV
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Because we are created in God’s image, we are built for relationships since God Himself is relationships.
This flows from the majesty and the mystery of the Trinity--God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit who have enjoyed perfect love and fellowship for all eternity. That's why relationships are so enriching for us while loneliness can be so toxic.
LIFE with People, part one: Connect with Other Christians
If we are going to experience even more of the full LIFE that Jesus has for us, then we we need to forge genuine, relational connection with other Christians. This is not only for our own good but also for the good of others in the church.
John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
We need to make visible the invisible connections that we already share in Jesus.
Every Christian is enfolded into the BIG C Church of Jesus Christ at the moment of their salvation, united with Jesus and adopted as a son or daughter. It's the calling of the small c local church (like Hopevale) to make practical in the relational realm what is already actual in spiritual realm.
Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
GroupLife - 5 Types of Groups at Hopevale
(1) COMMUNITY groups
(2) INTEREST groups
(3) SERVING groups
(4) STUDY groups
(5) SUPPORT groups
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To learn more about our groups (what's offered, where they meet, when thy meet), explore our "find a group" page.
Newcomers & Outsiders
Make the time
Take the risk
Forging genuine relational connections with other Christians in the church doesn't happen overnight. Also you won't click with every person or every group, especially right away. But don’t give up, because somewhere there is a place for you… somewhere there is a life-giving person… somewhere there is a difference-making group that Jesus is just waiting to use to be a blessing in your life. However, here’s the catch: You need to show up. You need to spend times with others in pursuit of friendship in order for you to receive that blessing.
Longtimers & Insiders
Extend the invite.
Expand the circle.
Many of you already know the encouragement of connecting with other Christians and how it has helped grow you as a Jesus-follower. For you genuine Christian friendship isn’t optional; it’s essential. So take that blessing in your life, and pay it forward. Extend the invite to a newcomer or outsider and expand the circle of life-giving community in Jesus. Think about someone you've met recently at church or someone you haven't seen around for a while and invite them to come along to your group. We spread LIFE and crush loneliness one life at a time.
Sermon Questions for Discussion
Because we are created in God’s image, we are built for relationships since God Himself is relationships. –Pastor Dan
1. If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?
2. Bring to mind someone close to you (spouse, one of your children, a friend, or co-worker) who is dealing with loneliness. How do you know? Share a way that you’ve been led to help them?
3. What are some ways according to these verses that we can curb loneliness? How are we called to live in Community with others?
4. GroupLife at Hopevale is centered on helping you find a group where you can Connect with others, Grow in your faith, and Serve others together. Which one of these actions, Connecting, Growing, or Serving, do you find yourself gravitating toward the most? Why?
5. Besides your Community Group, which of the 4 other types of groups at Hopevale (Interest, Serving, Study and Support) are you involved with now? What are the benefits of you “putting in the work” and “making time” for LIFE with People?
6. How much time do you think a Christian should invest regularly with others to help them to connect with other Christians and to grow spiritually themselves? What can your group do this year to make good spiritual investments in one another?
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