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“For where two or three gather together because they are Mine, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20 (NLT)


“In Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22 (NIV)


What do I need to experience community?


A clear ___________________.



“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female.  For you are all Christians—you are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (NLT)



Only one confession has stood the test of time:



A consistent ___________________.



“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)


The Five Purposes of the Church


Adapted from “The Purpose Driven Church,” by Rick Warren.  Used by Permission.


“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church…” Acts 2:41 (NLT)



“Let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity…” Hebrews 6:1 (NIV)



“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)



“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known…”  Ephesians 3:10 (NIV)



              “…Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”  Matthew 4:10 (NIV)



A credible _____________________ family.


“They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship…”  Acts 2:42 (NLT)


              The word in the Bible for fellowship is:  _____________________



              What’s needed:





“…What a person plants he will harvest.”  Galatians 6:7 (MSG)



“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2 (NIV)





“A friend is always loyal…”  Proverbs 17:17 (NLT)






“This is the very best way to love.  Put your life on the line for your friends.” John 15:13  (MSG)





“…encourage one another and build each other up….” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)



A connecting ____________________________.



“They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing the Lord’s Supper….”  Acts 2:42 (NLT)



“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”  1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV)

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