Building the need

Lead the Way; Invite all People; Believe for the Future; Equip the Saints

Last week, we talked about the need to be connected with other people, this week we will talk about how we should relate to one another/treat one another in these relationships that we are making.

Let’s set the foundation for this week on the three following scriptures.

Genesis 12:1-3 NLT

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Colossians 3:10-11 NLT

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Galatians 3:27-29 NLT

And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on the character of Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

In other words:

If you are a part of Connecting People to LIFE, then you desire to treat others the way they should be treated, because you’ve been treated, by God, the way you should have been treated, long before you deserved being treated that way.


Action Step

Spend some time today asking God to show you how to bless others through your life. Regardless of where you are at today. Adopting the mindset – blessing others because we have been so greatly blessed.



Leading the Way.  Inviting all People.  Believing for the future, Equipping the Saints.

Missional Analysis

People with no faith will reject God’s plan and mission, and thus reject their very purpose in life –to be reconciled to God and to act as reconcilers. They will also reject the community God has created through mission.

People with damaged faith will accept God’s plan and mission, but will be afraid and timid in regards to acting on it. Some may be paralyzed completely, others may act but with trepidation. They will shy away from a deep integration into God’s community.

People with active faith will accept and act on God’s plan for the world and their lives, and will move forward with the mission by being missionaries in whatever domain God has placed them in. They will be grounded in, and bring others into, God’s community.

Action Step

Pray and ask God today to reveal to you the area of your LIFE you need to give to Him.

Called, History, Community

Called to Repentance through the Gospel

Acts 2:22-41 (ESV)

22″Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;

26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.

27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.

28You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

29″Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,Sit at my right hand, 35until I make your enemies your footstool.’

36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.


Repeating the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, which led to Pentecost as fulfillment of prophecy as seen in Joel and David (see above)


Acts 2:42-48 (ESV)

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Summary of Acts 2:

Confusion – Acts 2:1-13

Clarity – Acts 2:14-21

Called to Repentance – Acts 2:22-41

History – sprinkled throughout

Community – Acts 2:42-48