The Five Ingredients needed for Great fellowship (Part 3) “A Pinch of Restoration” (Matthew 7:12)
Theme: What helping others in the body is to really look like
Introduction: Right in the middle of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount we find this crucial relational command. “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt 7:12) Earlier in this sermon He warned us about having an unforgiving spirit toward one another. And here He warns us of the need to approach others as if their struggles were our very own. Paul also addresses this thought when he writes: (Rom 12:10-16)
So, as we continue to add the necessary ingredients to our recipe for “Great fellowship.” We started with a heavy dose of Love. We stirred in a lot of humility. And today, we add a much needed pinch of restoration! This is the need to be on the lookout for that brother or sister who may be drifting and lovingly bring them back into fellowship with God and the church. At the heart of this ingredient is the desire to honor others and have a willingness to get involved in meeting their needs. The truth is, we have a lot of people who are sidelined or even leaving the church today because they’re straying or hurting and no one seems to notice or care. But, what if it were you? Would you want someone to notice and care enough to reach out to you? I’m sure you probably would, but this is also very sensitive work. So, how can we graciously and helpfully add this very important ingredient of restoration to our recipe for Great fellowship? (First…)
Conclusion: Adding a much needed pinch of restoration is hard work. Staying with it takes devotion and a commitment to seeing others grow and having a willingness to get involved in meeting their needs.
The Five Ingredients needed for Great Fellowship (Part 2) Stir in Some Humility (John 13:1-17)
Theme: What true humility in the body is to really look like
Introduction: As we are considering over the next several weeks a different type of recipe for “Great fellowship.” In our effort to prepare a Great fellowship today, we want to “stir in some humility.” When people talk about leadership, they don’t use the word “humility” very often. More likely, they describe a leader as strong or focused or ambitious. They would probably say the leader is confident or assertive. “humble” may not ever come up, and if it does, it might not be used as a compliment. But, Jesus is both a model of a perfect leader and He is our greatest example of humility. On Thursday He met in the Upper Room with His disciples in order to observe Passover. On this evening, Jesus our Savior and Lord would perform one of the grungiest jobs of His time on earth. He would take on the role of a servant and wash the feet of His disciples. He washed His disciples feet for a reason. In doing so, Jesus modeled the next ingredient to create “Great fellowship” – humility.
Conclusion: As we continue to add to the ingredients that will make for great fellowship…Today we “stir in some humility” that looks like Jesus. Would you commit today to be one who will follow Jesus example and honor His exhortation? “That what He has done for us, may we do for each other and for others.”
The Five Ingredients Needed for Great fellowship – Heavy on the Love (Part 1) (1 Cor. 13:5-8)
Introduction: Over the next several weeks I want to share a different type of recipe with you. I want to share “The Five” Ingredients needed for Great fellowship. The kind of fellowship that warms and satisfies us and that is essential to every church body and family. Fellowship means Sharing things in common with others. As John has told us God is love (1 Jn. 4;8, 16). Love is the first and greatest ingredient needed in our recipe for fellowship in the church. This is why we need to go “Heavy on the Love!” In our text here in 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul guided by the Holy Spirit, wrote one of the most famous descriptions of true and pure love. Paul has told us, love is… (vv. 1-4) This is the kind of love that builds true fellowship in the body of Christ… But, this is only half the picture! Notice now, Paul give the rest of the description of love…
Conclusion: And if we are going to love one another successfully we need to love like Paul describes here in this chapter of this letter.
Would you commit today to fill our church and fellowship with this kind of love as much as it is depends upon you?
I’ve never heard anyone say, “I had to leave that church because they love you too much over there.”