The Power of True Fellowship
Have you ever been electrocuted? Fork story.
It moves you, it leaves a mark or at least a lasting impression on you emotionally.
True fellowship does the same in a positive way.
· It’s inspiring (it’s innovative--gives us insights and ideas so we can grow and move forward towards good things—Kevin O’Brien / Rafael Lua / Steve Lounsbury)
· It’s engaging
· It’s exciting
· It’s contagious
· It’s addicting (talking to Sean last night until 2am)
· It has the power to transform / change us personally (Mike, Rick, Elias, Nick, David)
· It’s dangerous to Satan as it has the power to change the world
· It’s scary (lead to 1st point)
As those who want to follow Jesus and be more like Him, it’s essential for us to be inspired to grow and also to transform / change things in our character on a regular basis to align with God’s will. This takes major vulnerability.
I tend to see vulnerability as a negative thing at times. As I’ve shared with many of you, the last month and a half or two have been some of the toughest for me. I’ve been feeling a lot. I’ve shared with many people what I’ve been going through and have been as vulnerable as I know how and I’m learning to be even more so through the help I’m getting from Mike, Rick Garcia, Nick Anderson, Elias, David Arevalo (saw me blow my temper and held me accountable on it—that’s love)
During difficult times like these it can be easy to check out because it is hard for us to relate to each other without fumbling stuff up in our brokenness. (past experiences or fears—perceived or real)
DEEP INSIDE I LONG TO BE INSPIRED, KEEP GROWING, KEEP CHANGING.
I don’t want to grow religious or set in my ways and grow stale, I need to be familiar with being vulnerable and maybe uncomfortable putting myself and my heart out there. (SHOW VIDEO on Vulnerability)
1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
At the same time we all need to learn to be empathic—to display genuine empathy. (SHOW VIDEO)
· Not judgmental
· Yet speaks the truth
Sounds a lot like a scripture we all know:
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
1 John 4:18-21
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.