Life Together – Week 2: Purpose of Community

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Romans 12: 14-21 Christian Standard Bible

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. 20 But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. 21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good. 

This passage is rich in examples of what a community looks like. Our first point is to seek harmony. In verses 14-17 we see that Seeking Harmony, requires us to Pile on Blessings, Proclaim the Victory, Provide Comfort, and Prevent Partiality. 

As hard as it seems, we are to bless everyone, those who treat us good as well as those that mistreat us. This is hard because I am not hurt when someone I hardly know mistreats me, but I am very hurt when someone I love mistreats me. 

As I mentioned earlier, we all love to celebrate with our loved ones when good comes their way. This week Lydia and I prayed with a young couple whose 2-month-old has cancer. We are called to mourn with people, but never forget to point them to the hope that is Jesus. One thing I love about our church is the openness to receive everyone. We don’t show partiality. 

In community that is so important, when we feel like we are all equal, we feel like we belong. One of the hats I wear here at BT is that I oversee benevolence to our members. I love that we are able to meet the needs of our members and I know that many of you do the same in your Community Group. 

Our second point is Seek Peace. As the verse says, “As far as it depends on you” those are some hard words to hear, because it is always our choice. When we are wronged, we choose how we are going to react. Will we seek vengeance, or will we choose to “live at peace with everyone”? Community is not always easy, but when done right brings Glory to God! 

Discussion

  1. How have you handled being hurt by someone you love? Explain.
  2. Did you exhibit grace in your response? Explain.
  3. Give an example of how you have celebrated with someone, as well as, mourned with someone.
  4. Why is it important for you to feel like you belong?
  5. When it depends on you, how do you react in hard situations? Does your reaction honor God?

Note to Leaders

  1. There will be a Community Group Leader meeting Saturday, January 22 at 10am at our BT Church McAllen Campus.
  2. Community Group Valentine Event. Saturday, February 12th. Registration link: https://btmcallen.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1136317
  3. Help us update our Community Group Leader Information:  https://forms.gle/snY9t1M7cP1A99s69

Pastor Isauro Medina / Isauro.medina@bt.church / (956) 984-9380