Essential Services

Small Groups

July 4/5, 2020

Keystone habits are: “Small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives.”—Charles Duhigg

Something small doesn’t mean minimal.

Why do we struggle with committing to the small things that could have bigger implications?
Because we think we know the outcome.

Community

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)

1. You need to be known by name.

“A person’s name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to that person.”—Joyce Russell

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me… (John 10:14-15)

All the believers were together and had everything in common. (Acts 2:44)

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. (Luke 12:33)

2. When you engage with community you leave LOVED!

They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. (Acts 2:45)

Love is intentional.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)

You don’t have to physically interact with others in order to show you love them, but it does mean you have to show up in community.

3. Community allows you to cast your cares on Him.

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. (Acts 2:46)

By being able to confide in others you cast off the weight of being confined in loneliness.

“It’s OK to be a mess, it’s just not OK to stay that way.”

4. Community values you.

…praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47-48)

God values you and we do too.

One matters to God.

Community helps us seek out value in others and see value in ourselves. 

What you value multiplies.

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