Devoted to One Another

This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our “Living Church” series with a message entitled “Devoted to One Another.” If we are going to be a church that is alive – a church living out our calling as the people of God – then we must be devoted to one another.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter.

I referenced an article in the Journal Sentinel that reflects some of Eastbrook’s multi-ethnic community. You can read it here.

I also made mention of two books:

  • Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam – tracking the breakdown of civic and community relationships in America over the last century
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – the story of Christopher McCandless

A revised message outline is below (different from what was in the bulletin this week).

The Rupture of Relationship (Acts 2:42)

  • Original creation: harmony and unified relationships
  • Sin’s entry: ruptured relationships
  • The story from Adam & Eve, Cain & Able, Jacob & Esau on down to this day

→ what are we devoted to in our lives?

Our Fellowship with One Another (Acts 2:4, 5, 42-47)

  • Devotion to koinonia
  • 2 challenges to koinonia: 1) dedication to the idea of community more than to community itself; 2) our American rugged individualism
  • The community of the Holy Spirit: “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (2:4)
  • The community of the nations: “Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven” (2:5)
  • The community of the same place: “All the believers were together” (2:44)
  • The community of regular gathering: “every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together” (2:46)

→ living in community in practical terms: regular worship & Life Groups

Our Fellowship with Christ as the Foundation (1 Corinthians 10:14-22)

  • The reality of our fellowship: “a participation in the blood of Christ…the body of Christ” (10:16) – ‘participation’ as koinonia
  • Its corporate nature: “we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf” (10:17)

→ the communion meal reflects our fellowship with Christ and one another

2 thoughts on “Devoted to One Another

  1. Loved the Into the Wild reference. Watched the movie before hiking a section of the AT in the White Mountains. The movie deals with forgiveness.
    BTW, a hiker like you may enjoy Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods. Hilarious account of walking the AT.

    • When I first heard the story of Christopher McCandless it was through a song by some guys from my college, Jason Harrod & Brian Funck. It was a haunting story. It led me to read Krakauer’s “Into the Wild,” and then watch the movie when it came out on DVD. All are compelling retellings of McCandless’ story, but in different ways.

      You’re not the only person who has recommended Bryson’s book to me. When I was in college, my roommate took off a semester to hike the AT from Georgia to Maine. I’ll have to look at it sometime soon.

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