Return to Community

Bishop Dale C. Bronner
Word of Faith
6/8/2014
1 Thessalonians 5: 5-11

Return to Community 

Return to Community

 

Encourage one another and build each other up

  • we are children of light we are supposed to be in the know
  • we are not here to look at somebody and find fault in them
  • we are supposed to build one another up because the satanic forces of the world are already tearing us down
  • even encourage the one who encourages everyone else
    • they need it more than you know
Challenge yourself: Everyday this week find somebody to enocurage and build up
  • speak to their dreams
  • “i still believe in you”
  • “you can still be exactly what God called you to be”
  • we have a civic responsibility and moral obligation to encourage others and build them up
Community
  • People “talk” to each other
  • the way to go forward it to actually go back
    • cyberspace is an artificial community
    • pick up the phone and actually let somebody hear your voice, not your voicemail
    • send hand written letters
    • Signature = sign of your nature
    • in text you can’t determine tone
  • you remember things that are an experience
    • life is a collection of memories
  • in community you have the power to touch
  • community is about being able to connect
  • currently we have artificial community
    • everything is so segmented

Technology/Social Media

  • social media, is everything but social, when we open a computer we close our doors
  • technology is just an illusion,
  • smart phones = dumb people
  • technology is causing people to become individualistic
The bible was not written to individuals, it was written to a corporate body of believers – the Church
  • Jeremiah 29: 11
  • We have allowed our individual plans to pull us away from the corporate destiny of God
    • Beware of the unholy trinity of me, myself, and I
    • we have lost sight of the community from being blinded by our own selfish ambitions
    • Ephesians 4:1-6
  • Jesus taught us community through the model prayer
    • OUR father which art in heaven
      • he didn’t say MY father
    • Give US this day, OUR daily bread
      • he didn’t selfishly say feed ME
    • Lead US not in to temptation, deliver US from evil
    • he was praying for his community
  • You can be blessed better if you ask God to bless somebody other than you
  • We have to be concerned with more than just ourselves and our immediate needs
  • It requires humility to walk in unity
  • Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, its thinking of yourself less
  • It is the greatest curseto be in a relationship with somebody who is selfish/egocentric
    • it’s not that they mean anything against you, it just means that everything is for them
Silence
  • Isiah 41:1-7
    • Keep silence before me
      • in silence we can find renewal and strength
      • Silent and Listen use the same letters
      • when silent you can hear the whisper of God
      • we don’t have the right to speak for God until we speak to God

Collaborative Effort

  • Everyone helped his neighbor and encouraged his brother
  • Isiah 41: 6
  • Communityis formed based on communication
    • when Satan wants to break a community he attacks and confuses communication
  • anyone who claims to be self made could have been so much greater if they let somebody else help them
  • coming together is a beginning, working together is progress. Staying together with joy is success
Work
  • It was a given in the Jewish culture to teach the ethics of work to the other generations, without it a generation will rise looking for a handout
  • Labor is the gift of God

Some greedy people will never have enough money

  • God teaches us that its good to work so that we might be able to help others
    • Ephesians 4:28
      • it leads you to give

Giving

  • no matter how little you have, you have something to give
    • time
    • knowledge
    • perspective
  • It will bless your life when you allow God to use you to bless someone else
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