Life Connections: Bringing Christ’s Life into Our Relationships
This week we kick off a new worship series, “Life Connections.” There has been a lot of life connections talk lately; Life Groups, the Connections Pastor search, and an upcoming Connection Fair. But why? So that we, as disciples, continue and improve at “Bringing Christ’s Life into Our Relationships.”
As we gather and share in the grace of God, consider the impacts of your connections as God’s people and the world He sends us into. Consider His word in Galatians 2 and John 5, and connect the dots in how God has called you to Bring Christ’s Life into YOUR relationships.
Life Connections: Admitting What We Have in Common
So, what is it that all of us share as we seek to connect with all people? For those who have been baptized as a child of God, it is our new life in Christ. But what do we have in common with the whole world, in fact, all of creation? Actually, it is our sin, error, need, and brokenness.
By “Admitting What We Have in Common” we open ourselves up to receiving Christ’s life and ultimately sharing His life in our relationships. To Live in connection is to live in reconciliation. To function as a Life Group is to function with repentance and forgiveness. We have permission to be broken; in that the life of Christ is demonstrated in the gift of God’s grace. To continually understand the depth of our need helps us to recognize the depth of Christ’s life which fills our lives and relationships beyond overflowing.
Life Connections: Sharing What God is Doing
Our fourth and final week of “LIFE CONNECTIONS” is dedicated to “Sharing What God is Doing.” There are two definitive activities of a Life Group – praying together and sharing discipleship stories. This week is all about the second activity of sharing discipleship stories. As disciples, we recognize that we are called by and follow Christ. Even as Jesus sent out his disciples during his earthly ministry, they would report back over all that had happened. Often amazed themselves, they ultimately reported not just what happened, but what God did through them. Not every discipleship story needs to declare the details of a miracle, however. God has given us the gift of faith, a lens that allows us to view all of life as a means of discipleship and connection. To share our faith through story and conversation testifies to the forgiveness, hope, and life of Christ. This activity has profound impacts on our connections as God’s people, but also to the world around us. Discipleship stories, sharing what God is doing, help us to bring the life of Christ to our relationships both in and outside the church; making the connection of our personal narratives within God’s narrative of salvation for the whole world through Jesus.