“I’ve learned that the good life is not lived in isolation, but rather in community with ‘good people.’”

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Christians are adopted into a new family—the family of God. We are God’s children and as Trip explains, “We can’t take on our Father’s name and ignore the rest of the family.” The church is made up of people and the church has been given a bad name. Some believe that it’s full of hypocrites while others believe it’s only for certain people. The Church, however, isn’t a man-made institution. The Church has been established by God and Jesus is building His church. Christ loved the church and gave His life for the church. God has given us a collective mission to make disciples of all nations and to teach them.

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Bottom line: we are weak and we need each other. We need “tour guides” (mature believers) in the faith to encourage us and we need to be tour guides to others. In order to do this we must die to ourselves.

Questions:

What do you think of when you hear the word “church”? Is it difficult for you to be in community with others? If so, why? Are past hurts keeping you from diving into a church community? Is it difficult for you to be honest with others? If so, could this be keeping you from relationships? When you attend church, do you find it difficult to interact with others? How could you find opportunities to “reach out” to those around you in your service?