Winter Conference 2002 Seminar Building a Healthy, Biblical Community “Principles and models to evaluate your group and building a biblical community”

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  • Winter Conference 2002 Seminar

    Building a Healthy, Biblical CommunityPrinciples and models to evaluate your group and building a biblical communityPresented by Bumble

  • This workshop will presenceBiblical principles and models for communityGuidelines to evaluate your groupRoadmap to build communityForum for practical discussion

  • From a biblical perspective,we areCreated for communityRebelling from communityRestored to communityRecreated in communityJesus gather a community of disciples committed to Him, to His authority and to each otherHis death reconnect the human community back to GodReconciled into communityTaking people who are alienated from God and each other; building them into a community which deeply cares for each other and allows God to care for them.This community preserve and spread His Kingdom

  • What is a healthy, biblical community looks like?Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

  • Dimensions of CommunityUnity in ChristSelf-disclosures/risk/sacrificeShared-experiencesEffort/Commitment/Accountability

  • Balance of ActivitiesWhat do we do to build a healthy community environment?Adorations (Praise & Prayer)CommunityTeachingService (and Mission)

  • Balance of PrioritiesWhat are our focus while we are doing those ACTS?Prayerful DependenceProper Concepts of ChristCommunicating the WordAtmosphere of LoveSense of group MissionReaching Relationship

  • Result of a Healthy CommunityGODWitnessWitnessWitnessAnd the Lordadded to theirnumber

  • Stages of CommunityTimeBuilding: ACTS + 6 Foundation PrioritiesImpactEquipping: Add Peer-Care / Min.TeamWinning: Add Peer-ShareMultiplying

  • Evaluation (Building)UpwardHow is our prayer in the group? How dependent are we on God in our attitude? How is my prayer life for the group?How is our worship in the group? What wrong assumptions we had about God? How is the worship in my life?How is the teaching/studying in the group? How is the quality of my own devotional time? Do I see applications of the word in real life?InwardHow often do people in the group meet/communicate (outside of church included)? What are those meetings consist of? How much time am I there?Are people trusting/risking in self-disclosure, discussing spiritual issues and life struggles? Are they into each other lives? How am I modeling that?Are they committed to each other, forgiving, encouraging one another? What efforts can be seen?

  • Evaluation (Equipping & Winning)ForwardWho are the people which is Available, Faithful, Teachable, and Responsive? How do we identify and recruit them for ministry?How often do we equip people to care for their peers? What are the structures & contents? Are they relevant? Are we following through?How are the leaders feel at our group? What are we doing to minister to the needs of the leaders? How could/would God use me?How can I discern Gods direction and communicate it more effectively?OutwardHow often do we pray for the lost? How about me, how is my relationship with the lost?How often do our group activities were designed to target the lost? How effective were those events? What can I do to improve?How are the visitors feel at our group? Do they like it? What are we doing to cultivating, planting, and reaping these relationships?How can we equip the group better to minister to their lost peers more effectively?

  • Further ResourcesSonlifes Foundation to Youth Ministry training; and Sonlife Strategy Seminar ( A follow up to Strategy call Expansion (1 day) or Advance I: Vision & Balance is highly recommended.Small Group Leaders' Handbook: The Next Generation; IVP; $9.00How to Lead Small Groups; Navpress; $9.00The Big Book on Small Groups; Jeffrey Arnold; $12.00Serendipity Bible; $26 or Interactive Study Bible; $30 from Serendipity House ( - They also have many other good bible study guide.

  • The EndQuestions and Discussion

    a) We are Created for communityi) Its not good for man the be alone Gen. 2:18ii) No barriers between God, Adam & Eveb) Rebelling from communityi) Alienation with God and othersii) Continue tension between breaking out & seeking for relationshipc) Restored to communityi) From a family come a nation, come an ultimate promise, tod) We are Recreated in communityi) Jesus gather a community of disciples (1) Committed to Him(2) Committed to His authority (Mark 8, after realizing who he was, they also need to recognize His/their destiny)(3) Commit to each other (Mark 9, if you want to be first, you need to be last)ii) His death reconnect the human community back to Gode) Reconciled into communityi) Taking people who are alienated from God and each other; building them into a community, which deeply cares for each other and allows God to care for them.ii)These community preserve the truth of the Gospel from the pagan invasion in the middle ages and spreading it during the recent years

    What are these people now have in common?Shared-experiences: a) Accepted Peters message, b) Baptized, c) devoted to the teaching+fellowship+break_bread+prayer d) filled with aweWhat are their attitudes?Self-disclosure/risk/sacrificing: Selling possession, give to the needy, has everything in commonWhat work/effort did they put in?Effort/commitment/accountability: every day meet in the temple courts and in the home, break bread, eating, etc.Who is at the core of these experiences, attitudes and efforts?All was done in Christ

    1: Shared-experiences: Bonding is what happened when spent time together, early and often.2: Self-disclosures: Remember the barriers and alienation effects from the Fall? It carried with us, and it will take time to get there, but it needs to get there. Without it, all we would have is shallow acquaintances and no deep support at all.3: Commitment/Accountability: because all of us expecting deeper fellowship, we will need to put our effort in to build it. Community cannot be build from a single side, it requires both sides. Without that, its similar to a one sided relationship, say a couple date together, have self-disclosures and shared-experiences, but not willing to commit to marriage, to work things out through thick and thin (think: Divorce!)

    4: Unity in Christ: this is the substance! Without that, we are just a gang! No power to change, to impactIf we believe the gospel, we believe that the deepest communities are spiritual in connection, and the deepest spiritual connection with each other is ultimately only available in our relationship with Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord. In him is recognition of our sin and profound need for forgiveness and healing; in him is restoration and regeneration; in him is the call to link arms as brothers and sisters to reach the world with the gospel.Long, J. 1997, c1995. Small group leaders' handbook : The next generation. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill.

    Heres the problem of unhealthy from off-balance:Big head (teaching too much, people dont do anything about what they heard, too objective)Oversized Heart (too much upward motion, become so emotional dependent, too subjective)Selfish Fat (focus on self too much, lose sight of the mission to the lost)Big Hand (focus on tasks too much, martha syndrome, legalistic)EMPHASIZE the problem we had!

    Ephesus: losing heart, no more love, lack APergamum: losing mind, bad teaching TThyatira: Lots of service, bad teaching TSardis: Lack of deeds (service?)Philadelphia: little strengthLaodicea: community lacking!Emphasize the key idea of result is making disciples, not just to have a fruitless dead weight.