A Learning Community full sermon manuscript
The Church: A Called Out Learning Community
Pastor Paul Davis
Sunday, September 17, 2017
We have been talking about the Church and misconceptions that have developed over time. We have been attempting to build a greater understanding of what the church is and what she is supposed to do.
One distinctively American misconception is “church” is often viewed as a spectator event. It becomes something to come to and watch. We may fit it into our busy week if we can and we may or may not show up based on our availability.
But, the Church is meant to be a community not an event. It is a community whose goal is to proclaim the Gospel to unbelievers and grow to maturity those who have believed.
As the Church we are called out to be a community of believers proclaiming the Gospel to unbelievers and devoted to growing as disciples.
Here are six community activities of discipleship:
Community Activity #1: Worship (Psalm 100:1-4; Revelation 14:7; James 1:22)
Community Activity #2: Confession (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)
Community Activity #3: Prayer (Psalm 5:3)
Community Activity #4: Word-Study (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Community Activity #5: Fellowship (Acts 2:42-47)
Community Activity #6: Mutual Submission (Ephesians 5:19-21; Philippians 2:3)
Church is not a spectator sport. When we gather, let us be intentional to:
Use our minds, emotions, and wills to fear, praise and adore God
Communally acknowledge our sins to the Lord and each other
Communally bring our requests and petitions to the Lord
Read, study, and meditate on the Scriptures, looking for them to renew our minds and make us more like Christ
Care and sacrifice for and with each other to meet the needs of the community
Humble ourselves in our relationship with God and others