I. Shared conviction and passions
A. Review: The Apostles’ teaching is Christ’s teaching.
B. The New Testament vision: People should see our convictions through authentic lives in community.
(II John 9-11; Matthew 5:15; II Corinthians 9:8; II Thessalonians 1:11; Titus 3:8, 14)
C. The power of living out shared convictions
II. Sharing life – Fellowship
A. The Trinity has fellowship. (I John 1:3-4; I Corinthians 1:9; II Corinthians 13:14)
B. We are invited into that.
C. Fellowship with God means fellowship with one another.
D. What is our reality?
E. Call to repentance
III. Sharing burdens – Why burden-sharing matters
A. Prayer is about sharing praise for God.
B. Prayer is about sharing our need for the gospel.
C. Prayer is about sharing our needs.
D. Prayer is about sharing a common direction – “Thy kingdom come.”
1) Can you articulate what Jesus’ teaching were? How do you get access to Jesus’ teaching? Can you be a Christ follower and not follow Christ’s teachings?
2) What role do good works play in the life of a believer? After salvation by grace, can one engage in good works without slipping into the trap of trying to earn salvation? Does the Bible speak positively or negatively of good works? What has been your experience with good works?
3) When does a movement hit the point when people take it seriously? Have you ever gone out on a limb and someone joined you there? Tell the story. How did it feel to have someone support you in that move?
What role does community play in building credibility?
4) Why does God want to invite us into the fellowship that the Trinity enjoys? Why should fellowship with God automatically mean fellowship with other people? Why is it a package deal? Can you pick God and ignore God’s people? Why or why not?
5) How do you define fellowship? How do you know if it’s present? What form of community is most meaningful to you? How would you assess your level of knowing and being known right now? Do you tend to be more anonymous or authentically connected in life-giving relationships?
6) What aspect of prayer is most meaningful to you? How would you rate your own prayer life right now? Does prayer just seem like talking to the ceiling? Do you experience profound moments of connection to God through prayer?
7) Does prayer change anything? Does praying for others’ needs change how you relate to them? Does it matter to you to know that others are praying for you? Why or why not?
In what aspect of prayer would you like to grow the most? What are you prepared to do to make that desire a reality?