Moving Towards Authentic Community
- by The Well
The Kingdom of God requires authentic community.
Genesis 12:1 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.
Exodus 20:2 ESV
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Acts 2:46 NLT
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—
Authentic Community requires real accountability.
Acts 9:26-28 NLT
When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.
Galatians 6:2 ESV
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 NLT
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
Authentic community requires real generosity. Early in the life of the church, the people of jerusalem shared with those from all over the world, later it would be the believers all over the world who would share with the Jerusalem church.
Acts 2:44-46 NLT
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—
Acts 4:34 NLT
There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them
Authentic community requires real persistence.
1 Timothy 5:1-2
1 Timothy 5:1-2 NLT
Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.
Romans 12:10 ESV
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Galatians 6:10 NLT
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Proverbs 17:17 ESV
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17 NLT
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
John 17:21-23 NLT
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
This Week's Opportunities
Super Bowl Weekend: Maybe you have friends who like football, or are into politics or law, but haven’t gotten around to checking out The Well. We have the perfect opportunity for you to invite those friends to join us! Bob Thomas, former Chicago Bears kicker as well as Illinois Supreme Court Justice, will be sharing his thoughts with us at our services on Feb. 2 and 3. Hope to see you then! Well Leadership Community, Feb. 10: Small group and ministry leaders, please join us for the Well Leadership Community. This is where we have the opportunity to get to know each other, strengthen our leadership skills, share successes and concerns, and have fun! We will participate in interesting activities, take a look at upcoming events, and have time to spend with our small group and ministry coaches so we can come side by side with other people who are doing the same things we are, sharing our experiences and concerns and learning from each other. We hope to see you on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 pm! High Water Mark, Feb. 13: Join us for an extended time of musical worship and celebration of Ash Wednesday on the evening of Wednesday, February 13. Family Skate Night: Do you like the hokey pokey or the limbo? Do you like disco balls and giant furry dice? If you do, then we have the event for you. On Sunday February 17th, from 4:30PM to 6:30PM, we will be having a family skate night at Funway in Batavia. Join us for this great night of family fun and going around in circles till you're dizzy. Tickets are $7.50 per person and include access to the skate rink and skate rentals. If you enjoy inline skates, do not worry as upgrades are available at the rink. Children under the age of 2 are free. Get your tickets now by going to http://is.gd/wellskate or visiting the Well Informed booth after service. Only 10 spots left for Women’s Retreat! Come and talk to us at the Well Informed booth after service or reserve your spot online at http://is.gd/wellwomen. If you’ve waited until the last minute, now is your chance to get in on this life-changing retreat! Are you Plugged In? We are so thankful for all of you who join us on Sunday mornings! Our goal is to provide opportunities for each of you to connect with ministry areas in the ways that fit you best. If you have been with us for a while and are wondering how you can get more involved with our community, we invite you to check out our Plugged In resources at www.cometothewell.org/pluggedin. You can explore many of the opportunities we currently have to serve, and if you aren't sure where you might fit best, we have spiritual gift and personality profile surveys to help you decide. Saturday Night Services: We are excited to announce that we now have weekly Saturday night worship services! We look forward to meeting your friends and family who cannot make it on Sundays, so don’t forget to invite them to our services on Saturdays at 5:30 pm. The Pier: The Pier is the student ministry at The Well for 6th through 12th graders. We will meet this Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the campus. We hope to see you then; don’t forget to invite a friend!