Community Living – Max Oates

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Max begins the series Community Living with a sermon entitled Community Living – Part 1 focussing on 1 Peter 4: 8 -11
1 Peter 4: 8 – 11

ICEBREAKER: If you were banished to a desert island, would you rather be stranded alone, or with your worst enemy? Why?
1. In context, healthy church community life flows from a specific conviction [1 Peter 4:7]. What is that conviction, and how are we to conduct ourselves accordingly?
2. Why is love such a priority for the Christian community [1 Peter 4:8a]? How have you experienced genuine Christian love within a church family?
3. “Love covers a multitude of sins” [1 Peter 4:8b]. Does this mean sins should never be confronted? Explain the difference between covering sins and covering up sins.
4. Is it possible to grumble while showing hospitality [1 Peter 4:9]? What does this reveal about human character? Under what circumstances could this occur?
5. What are the privileges and responsibilities associated with being a “steward”, and how would one know if he/she was a “good” one [1 Peter 4:10]?
6. What is the ultimate purpose in stewarding our spiritual gifts [1 Peter 4:11]? What is our role, and what is God’s role, in fostering healthy church community life?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“As the church, we are in community together trying to fulfill this Great Commission that Jesus left us with. As we gently press into each other, we form one united thing, His church. As we work together, sharing the space God gives us to do His work, we all become shaped a little different. We all become a little more like Him.” (Jennifer L. Lane)