I Belong in Relationships
Pastor Steve Hernandez
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
The success and failures of life are determined by the equipment that we use.
“… may he equip you with all you need for doing his will.” Hebrews 13:21(NLT)
“But if I delay, this letter will let you know how we should conduct ourselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15 (GNT)
Fellowship is loving God's family.
“And God himself has said that one must love not only God but his brother too.” 1 John 4:21 (TLB)
Church is not a place you go to but it’s a family to belong to.
1. You Have To Choose To Belong
“Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Ephesians 2:19 (TLB)
2. Cultivate Friendships
“A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” Proverbs 27:19 (TLB)
5 things we can do to cultivate friendships:
a. I must be committed.
“There are “friends” who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (TLB)
b. I must be considerate.
“Kindness makes a man attractive…” Proverbs 19:22a (TLB)
c. I must be confidential.
“No one who gossips can be trusted with a secret, but you can put confidence in someone who is trustworthy.” Proverbs 11:13 (GNT)
d. I must be truthful.
”An honest answer is a sign of true friendship.” Proverbs 24:26 (GNT)
e. I must be constructive.
“As iron sharpens iron, so people can improve each other.” Proverbs 27:17 (NCV)
3. We Learn How To Share
“All the believers were together and shared everything.” Acts 2:44 (NCV)
3 things God wants us to share:
a. Share Your Experiences
b. Share Our Homes
“Open your homes to each other, without complaining.” 1 Peter 4:9 (NCV)
c. Share Your Problems
“By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NCV)
Quote: When you share joy it's doubled, and when you share problems they're cut in half.
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