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.
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