FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE STORY OF GOD’S PEOPLE

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LOVING ONE ANOTHER

"And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also." – 1 John 4:21

For authentic Christian community to flourish, we have to shift the focus away from ourselves and toward loving others the way Jesus loves us. Whether we are within the four walls of a church or not, we have many opportunities to connect with one another in meaningful and life-changing ways. At times, we may find it challenging to form relationships with fellow believers, but we can take comfort in knowing that we don't have to figure out how to love like Jesus on our own.

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THINKING THROUGH YOUR FRIENDSHIPS


Friendships are a gift and a blessing from God, and it's important to have a correct understanding of the concept of friendship as well as what kinds of friends we should be in fellowship with. In this sermon, Dr. Stanley defines and describes what true friendship really is while providing this encouraging word: "And the wonderful thing about friendship is this—Jesus is the best friend you and I will ever have."

DIVISION IN THE CHURCH

Our world is rife with divisions among both individuals and groups, and unfortunately, that same trend is seen in some churches. To illustrate, the Corinthians had grace, speech, knowledge, and spiritual gifts, but their behavior didn't match their relationship with God.

We invite you to read Dr. Stanley's article "No Divisions Among You" as he emphasizes the dangers of division and the importance of unity within the body of Christ, the church, of which He is the head.

BEING IN FELLOWSHIP

Every relationship begins with an invitation. Are there people in your church you'd like to get to know better? Download these free invitation cards to help ignite fellowship with other church members.

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BUILDING DEEP CONNECTIONS

The connection with the Lord guides our relationships with other Christians. And even before Jesus revealed the truth of Himself to humankind, we see that there was a need to be constantly reminded of God's unchanging love. Just as Jesus loved others, we must also continually seek God's help and guidance so that we can orient our lives around loving others as God commanded.