Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by wmcas   
Speaker : Dr. Choy Yin Weng
Scriptures : Romans 12:5
Date : 26th December 2010

Everyone knows that no man is an island. This phrase came from John Donne, a philosopher in the field of metaphysical sciences. He lived in the 17th century. He later became an Anglican clergy. Today we will look at the power of community. As the verse says, we are all part of Christ, the church and each other. God wants us as a community to do better. God intends for us to experience life together. We were designed for relationships. We formed for fellowship in God’s family and created for community. It’s not God’s will that you go through life by yourself.

There are 6 steps to building a strong community; committing, respecting, supporting, getting along, being patient, being honest.

A community is built through commitment. The word commitment puts fear into many of us. But when we talk about marriage and children, it is actually committing. Our God is a covenantal God. God is calling us to be more committed to each other, not the superficial kind of commitment. A healthy Christian community stays committed to each other. It means loving each other no matter what and being there for each other. We also benefit each other. God gives us unique abilities to be shared with each other. Everyone has different talents and gifts. There are people who need your gift.

A community also is built through respect. Respect is an area we have to deal with it. So long as there is relationship problems. We need to be tactful, to know the whole truth and tell it in love. We must be understanding but not demanding. We should be gentle and not judgmental. If we are not better together we will not be able to move forward.

Supporting here is in the sense we create a loving environment where we can share our difficulties, hurts and needs. Perfect love casts out fear. We need tender hearts and humble minds; that it’s okay to share our joys and grief. We learn to rejoice in the blessings of others and share in their sufferings and grief. Likewise people know that we as a church are very supportive, that we are able to seek for help and be helped.

Getting along with each other; we should stop trying to win arguments. Rick Warren reminds us to go for the love and not for the win. Some Biblical guidelines include letting mercy guide your response. Let God determine the truth. Many a times we actually do not know the truth. Look for God’s presence. Lean on the mind of Christ and lay down our human weapons. Once we fire away, sometimes we cannot stop. Learn instead to use spiritual weapons. Have you ever thought of praying when you are upset with someone?  Also practise forgiveness. All these are not easy but it’s what needs to be done.

We also need to be patient with each other. The ability to understand is a sign of patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults. One of the most practical steps toward real patience is learning to listen. We should not evaluate what someone has done or what we hear. God gives us 2 ears and one mouth, perhaps to tell us we should listen twice as much as we talk.

We also need to be honest with each other. No more lies, no more pretenses. Honesty deepens our relationships and keeps our community open and authentic, freeing us to speak in love. Lies of commission (there is no truth) and lies of omission (half truth) and pretenses should not be the norm. There should no need to read between the lines because we should speak the truth.

A strong community leaves a strong impact where everyone is committed to growing deeper in our relationship with Go, with one another and going further in our calling to transform the surrounding community for His glory.

In Acts 2:44-47 , the believers met together and shared everything they had. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food while praising God. God added to their group those who were saved. The people need to be a strong community. If people can see that we love each other as brothers and sisters, they will come.

In our church, our outreach ministries have reached out to the community. We need to work on that. We need to be an Acts 2 community. Are we ready to be that?

 

 

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