Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Power of Community

Church this morning was awesome! It's always great but there are those times I feel like I am the only person in the sanctuary and the Lord is speaking directly to me...you'll know "those messages?!?!?" ;) Well, today was one of them and I loved it! I want to post about it today before I forget anything good that was said, I took notes and always enjoy reading them later on but want to type it all out when it's fresh so I have somewhere to go back and read whenever I want. I also feel lead to post about it in case there is someone else that needs it as well...you never know how the Lord is going to use silly ol'blog posts. ;)

- The Power of Community

Pastor Scott discussed the importance of the people around us. The people we choose to be with and people we choose to be around, using the example of the 12 disciples. He discussed the importance of friends and making an effort to be with them..."letting" them in our daily lives. We all have circles of friends and within those friends all are on different levels. There is the CROWD group...the group where most of us feel safe. It's the group where we don't really have to worry about disappointment. Examples: facebook, school, etc. Though in the CROWD group there is no room for growth, freedom, power, and even maturity. Pastor Scott even mentioned when people are stuck with only allowing themselves have a CROWD group of friends the level of maturity is no greater than a 13 year old child. When you don't move to the next level with anyone, or let anyone "in" you get stuck. The Bible talks so much about friends and the importance of friendship.

After the CROWD there is a level of closer friends. He called that the TWELVE. This isn't an exact number but it's the level you allow a smaller number of people to be at in your life. It's the people you use to help sharpen and shape you as a person.  It's the people who know you...know about you. Pastor Scott talked about the excuses people use when they don't feel comfortable with having the TWELVE. The people who don't want to let people in, the ones who don't feel "comfortable" doing that, the ones who claim that's not important to them...again he mentioned you will remain at the maturity level of the 13 year old. These is ABSOLUTELY no way to mature. Some of the excuses he mentioned were "people are so clicky" and "I have been hurt by people."

The people making those excuses are usually people who want to be in the "click." The ones who are jealous of what the others have. The people in the click have opened up and "do life together." The have let others in...the are true and authentic with each other. This is necessary if you want to be in the click. As far as the "hurt by others" excuse Pastor Scott talked about how we as people aren't perfect. We will fail, we will have times that aren't good friends. We are human, we are flesh...it's how you deal with the hurt that shapes you as a person. If you continue to use it as a crutch you will NOT MATURE. The community must be pursued by YOU...and it has to be intentional.

The last group/level of people is THREE. The people in this group know you. This level is impossible to have if you remain at CROWD level. This is the level you feel comfortable taking criticism from the person, mature criticism. The Bible says "A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17 It doesn't say sometimes or even when it's convenient or easy for you the Bible says AT. ALL. TIMES. Allow yourself to get to the THREE level...you will feel freedom, power, maturity, and even growth as a person. Everyone needs to be at this level with someone.

*I am so happy I heard this message today. There are certain areas in my friendships I struggle with...it's so nice to hear messages like this backed up with scripture. In black and white, right in front of my face, no denying it...the Lord calls us to let people into our lives. I pray these notes and written words were the right encouragement for you today as we begin a new month, new week, and even a new day...choose to be real, choose to be a friend...even when it's "hard." It's what the Lord asks of us...

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a great sermon! I like the idea of having the different "levels" of friends - I think for me it's good to recognize that not everyone's is going to be a "twelve" or "three" friend and that it's okay.

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