We recently enjoyed a special Ladies Night at our church. Our pastor spoke on the topic of “The Joy of Authentic Community.” I sure do love my church community. You can learn more about us and watch our pastor’s sermons here.
The Joy of Authentic Community
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:9-10 (NLT)
We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for a family, and none of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves. Rick Warren
Authentic Community – Points to Ponder:
God is all about joy and so desires to give it to us in abundance.
God is not a kill-joy. He is a giver of joy.
These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:11
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Authenticity is rare which is why it is so desirable and valuable.
Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8