12 Distinctive & Golden Keys for Community

KEY #1 – BUILDING COMMUNITY IS HARD WORK

It is hard work, but really, really worth it!

MAIN POINT

We need the Understanding that it is hard work, but it is meant to be hard

  • Jesus – Relationship over cause, not work it out! (Matthew 5:23-24)

  • Leave your gift at the altar and go be reconciled to your brother

  • It is guaranteed to be hard because of the wonder of the gift that it is!

  • The pain and perplexities are not bad!

  • Working through conflicts are not bad!

  • It gives us the opportunity to experience miracles!

SCRIPTURES

(Philemon 1) Presence Communities

(Ephesians 4:3) Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

(Colossians 3:23) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

KEY #2 – GOD DESIRES DUAL RELATIONSHIPS

MAIN POINT

He is our Father, but He also partners with us in all of our inheritance in work.

  • We have the relationship of being a son, a servant and a friend!

  • Social scientists will tell you that dual relationships are a bad idea, but when done rightly with proper boundaries, it gives us greater opportunities to grow together.

  • Dual relationships promote chemistry on deeper levels.

SCRIPTURE

(LUKE 15) Our Father loves to share His kingdom and build all of life with his sons and daughters!

KEY #3 – LOVE & HOPE IN SOMEONE ALWAYS

MAINPOINT

Love seeks to understand.

SCRIPTURE

(JOHN 3:16) God so loved that He gave, gave, gave!!!!  Community is all about giving!

KEY #4 – HAVE A HOPEFUL POINT OF VIEW

 MAIN POINT

A Healed and Expanded View of the God of Hope, People, & the Future.

SCRIPTURES

(Proverbs 23:7)  For as he thinks within himself, so he is.He says to you, “Eat and drink!”But his heart is not with you.

(Romans 12:2) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

(Ephesians 1:15-18-15) For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

(Hebrews 8:5 – 5) They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

KEY #5 – DIVERSITY IS ACCEPTED

MAIN POINT

The Beauty of Uniqueness

SCRIPTURE

(Ephesians 3:14-15 – 14) For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

KEY #6 – HAVE A HEALTHY DIALOGUE

MAIN POINT

We receive a healthy dialogue on how to understand and ask questions.

(Hebrews 13:16 / Nehemiah – Build the wall together)

  • There is much wisdom and love in knowing how to create healthy dialogue, conflict resolution and bridge building.

  • In a community, you need to listen and to hear!  It is work to communicate, to know how to ask questions, how to draw people out, to express what you are thinking and feeling, rather than being defensive.

  • Do you want to be right? or do you want LOVE & HOPE to prevail?

SCRIPTURE

(Hebrews 13:16) Love is to do good and to communicate, and  do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased!

KEY #7 – LIFE IS A ROYAL GIFT & ADVENTURE!

It is an exciting Royal Gift and an Unfolding & Joyful Adventure, even when perplexities and high cost are present.

MAIN POINT

This Adventure comes with a lot of curve-balls, scrapes & bruises, but dust off, put on the ointment & get back in the game! It's well worth it & there are many benefits!

SCRIPTURE

(Mark 10:29) Jesus told His Disciples: “Truly I tell you, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel, will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields, along with persecutions and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” 

  • Jesus  was referring to building the Kingdom, which is community, which leads to hope in cities and nations!

  • You will receive 100 times more than you could have ever imagined!

  • There's  Joy, Adventure, and Greater Depths of Intimacy with the Lord!

  • There is sacrifice, but the reward is SO MUCH MORE!  Don’t worry about what it costs!  Look at the benefit!

  • Trust God because He has a special and adventurous Life for you to live!!!

KEY # 8 – PLACES WHERE HEALTHY LIFE PROCESSES ARE DEVELOPED

MAIN POINTS

As you work through Life's Challenges; speak to your needs, but do not blame or case build against others, accept your responsibilities, have a culture of appreciation, stay connected.

SCRIPTURES

(Hebrews 3:13) Encourage each other while it is still today

(Ephesians 4:29) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

KEY #9 – HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION & APPLAUSE OF GOD & OF PEOPLE

MAIN POINTS

Creates Softened Start-Ups versus Steam Rolling

SCRIPTURE

(Romans 12:10) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor

KEY # 10 – LOOK THROUGH THE LENS OF ACTION / PLACES WHERE HOPE IS SPOKEN 

Give God’s Word

MAIN POINTS

Do like, never done before

(1 Corinthians 13:40) HOPE ALL THINGS!  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

(Romans 2:4) Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

KEY #11 – ALWAYS DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE

MAIN POINT

Care for someone in real ways, like you have never cared before!

SCRIPTURES

(Galatians 6:2) Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

(Romans 12:10) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor

KEY #12 – RESPECT HISTORY

Improve competitive position because God is source of strength

MAIN POINT

Making peace with death is a wondrous process!  Death is the final stage of growth.

SCRIPTURE:

(Exodus 30:12) “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”