Vision Sunday: Why Bother?
Pastor Zach Bearss
September 17, 2023
Acts 2:42-27, John 15:11-13, Romans 12:9-13,1 Cor. 12: 21- 26
Connect: Where have you experienced good community and what was that like for you? Have you had an experience of bad community and did that affect you as well?
Read Acts 2:42- 47 – What do you notice in this passage?
Zach shared that friendship and fellowship was what was impressing the those to join the family of God – What do you think about that statement?
#1 The hard work of friendship leads to greater joy. John 15:11-13
How do you see this in your own life? Where do you need to work on this in your life?
#2 We are prone to fall away. Romans 12:9-13
Who do you have in your life that speaks truth to you? If you don’t have anyone – what is your fear?
Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin.
Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
..How do you feel about this quote?
#3. We are a part of the body. – 1 Cor 12:21-26
Where do you experience your life in the body of Christ? Where can you be honest about your shadow side? Where can you let people into your broken body.
Three encouragements To Ponder
1. Receive what God has given you.
To do that you have to spend time with Jesus/spend time in solitude. How is that going for you?
2. Forgive others for not being God.
How have you had expectations of others in the body that have disappointed you?
3. Share what you have with others.
How do you share what you need or where you are with others?
Apply: What is the Lord asking you to do regarding of this message? Who are you going to within what the Lord is saying to you?