145 // Our Ride or Dies: Community // On Brand
Teacher: Rob Barry. Welcome to week 3 of our 'On Brand' series, where we explore the timeless characteristics that define the church. ⛪ The key message here is that success as a Christ Follower is closely tied to being part of a spiritual training team – what we call community groups. We are created for community Our very nature reflects God's design for deep personal relationships.From the Garden of Eden to the present, community has been integral to our well-being.Benefits of community: Support, warmth, strength in unity (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). We are called to community It's not optional; we're commanded to be in intentional relationships that motivate us to live for Jesus.Jesus modeled this during his ministry, and it's a team sport.God's Word, Spirit, and community are intertwined for growth. You are Changed by community Sanctification, the process of becoming more like Jesus, happens through your Christian community.It's like a marriage – you'll face challenges but grow through them.Community helps you distinguish between preferences and core doctrines. Application For non-members: Life change happens in circles, so get involved in a community.For members: Stay engaged, even when it gets tough. Bear with one another, forgive, and pray for each other.Seek guidance if needed; community is essential. Closing Thoughts We're not in this alone; God desires us to live in community.Your future success depends on who's with you – choose your community wisely. Remember, community is "on brand" for followers of Jesus, and it's a vital part of your journey towards spiritual growth and success. All of us need encouragement to step into the light and embrace authenticity, and there is support for those struggling with secrets and sins. Come and find fellowship to overcome darkness and experience God's healing and mercy! Enjoyed the message? Rate us ⭐⭐⭐⭐️⭐ and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Want more information about CityBridge Community Church? DM us @citybridgecc or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe for free. Be the first to hear next week's message by subscribing to your favorite podcast app.