Below are the Cliff Notes from Sunday’s message, I’ll Be There for You. You can watch the entire message HERE.
When we become Christians the Bible says that we are born again (John 3:3). In fact, we are born into the family of God (Ephesians 1:4-5) and become one of His children (John 1:12). Ephesians 2 says that we were once a child of Satan/darkness/the world but by God’s grace we have been saved. We have crossed over from (spiritual) death to life (eternal). The church, or ekklessia, are the called out ones. We have been separated from the world and are now the people of God (1 Peter 2:9-10)…the fellowship of believers (Acts 2:42-47).
The problem with many “new believers” is that they never leave the world and get connected with a local church. They continue in their old ways with their old friends and their lives never change (2 Corinthians 5:17). Some of you need to get a new set of friends. You need to get plugged into the family of God (the church) and more specifically into a small group of people where you can experience true Biblical fellowship…authenticity, grace, accountability, mutuality edification, and sympathy (carrying each other’s burdens).
Are you experiencing true Biblical fellowship? If not, let me encourage you to join a small group. This is the best context for you to grow spiritually and do life with like-minded friends…others who are seeking to live out God’s purpose for their lives.
Click here to sign up for a small group at Graystone.