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Rooted in Community

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Psalm 92:12-15 (NIV) 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

The church, revival started in the context of community.
Acts 2:1 (NIV) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

Acts 2:42-47 (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
“Isolation can rob the church of power!”

Things that hinder authentic community
Comfort
Convenience
Conflict
Comparison
Compatibility


Cornerstones of Authentic Relationships
#1 Honesty: Sincere, truthful, communication.
Honest |ˈänist|adjective free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere.

#2. Trust. A vulnerable confidence.
James 5:16 (NLT) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

#3. Respect: Recognizing and embracing differences.
1 Corinthians 12:18-22 (NLT) 18 Our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

#4. Grace: Treating weakness with tenderness.
Ephesians 4:2 (NLT) Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

#5. Commitment/Love
Acts 2:42 (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer.
“They were not Just devoted to Jesus, they were devoted to one another!”

A. Be InvestedBe present & contribute.
Romans 12:15
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
B. Make sacrifices
C. Stick it out.
Tension builds bonds. (Pr 27:17 Iron sharpens)

Ephesians 3:17 (NIV) And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

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Rooted in Purpose

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Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.


Rooted in PURPOSE
1. Rooted in Who
“For the Christian who I am is rooted in whose I am.”
Colossians 1:16 (NIV) All things were created by him and for him.
“Its not “God’s Plan for my life”, It’s my Life for Gods plan.”

2. Rooted in What: Assignment
Genesis 1:28 (NLT)
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it…..

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Great Commission


4 of Verbs
Imperative verb: An imperative verb in English would typically be a single action-word, often followed by an exclamation mark like… “RUN!” or “FIGHT!” or  “EAT!” ….“GO!”
Participles: Present Participles are “ing” words like “swimming” and “running” and “eating.”
Often times it is read the way:
1.
GO! (verbal imperative)
2. Making disciples (participle plus a noun)
3. Baptizing (participle)
4. Teaching (participle)
Here is how it is written in greek:
1. Going (participle)
2
. DISCIPLE! (verbal imperative with/out noun/ “Make” not in greek)
3. Baptizing (participle)
4. Teaching (participle)
“As you are going: Disciple nations, baptizing, teaching.”

3. ROOTED IN HOW: Transforming CultuRe
We transform the culture by bringing His culture.
Proverbs 14:34 (NIV) Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

by Living Intentionally:
We are Christ’s ambassadors. 2 Cor 5:20 (NLT)
“We tend to underestimate small moments and overestimate the big impact.”

“The Kingdom is not limited to the “WHAT.” It is always advanced by the HOW AND WHY we are doing it.”


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Rooted in Love

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Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT) 7 “Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.


Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.


ROOTED IN LOVE
1. God is a Lover
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (NLT) Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.

Zechariah 8:2 (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: "I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

How much does God love us?
John 17:23 (NLT) ….you love them as much as you love me.
Romans 5:8 (NLT)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
1 John 3:1 (NIV) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

2. God is longing for lovers
Mark 12:28-34 (NIV) 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." 32 "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.


How do you get into Love with God?

The Great Command is the great response.
1 John 4:19 (NIV) We love because he first loved us.

1. HEART- Be intentional

2. SOUL- Affections
Fom religion to romance.
1 John 5:3 (NIV) This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.

Jacob and Leah
Genesis 29:20 (NIV) 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

3. Mind- Attention
Thinking: What we think, how we think, how often we think.
Remembering: His love for you, His love for others

4. Strength/Might -Demonstration
“Love reciprocated is Love demonstrated.”

John 15:9-11 (NIV) 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
“Love takes the sting out of obedience.”


Psalm 36:7-9 (NLT) 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.

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Rooted in Christ

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Psalm 92:12-15 (NIV) 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
🇱🇧 Lebanese Cedars…
1. Majestic
2. Evergreen
3. Resistant & repellent of pest
4. Longevity of life
5. Useful
6. Fragrant
“We only flourish naturally if we are rooted deeply!”

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT) 7 “Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

ROOTS…
1- Roots provide structure.
“We will only grow as tall as we are deep.”
“If you won’t grow in depth you won’t be able to handle height.”

2- Roots give us access to nourishment
Mark 4:6 (NLT) The plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died.

3- Roots give us the capacity to bear fruit.
John 15:16 (NIV) I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. (Fruit that remains)

ROOTED IN CHRIST
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
1. Being mindful of Jesus.
The way for a Old Covenant person of God was the law.
The Way for a New Covenant follower is Christ.
“Our delight is in Jesus & on Jesus we meditate day & night.”

2. Being faithful to Jesus.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) 6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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