Yesterday, October 1, 2017, Pastor Ed Allen continued his sermon series on Resilience. This time, we looked at Ephesians 4:1-16, with this theme:
Resilient people run with the right company.
(It was a historic sermon, in that Pastor Ed had us all Groupletyze - moving our chairs into small groups and talking together in the middle of the sermon. We haven't done that since we met in Rachel Carson Middle School!)
Resilient people don't run alone. We need connection.
Studies have shown that loneliness increases the likelihood of premature death. But an estimated 1 in 5 Americans suffer from persistent loneliness. Even back in Genesis 1, the one thing that wasn't good about creation was that it wasn't good for man to be alone.
What kind of company are we looking for?
1) The right company provides a place of unity.
This unity takes effort (Ephesians 4:3).
What kind of unity?
It is (living) functional unity (vs. 4-6). We're connected like parts of a body.
It is a spiritual unity. It's a gift from the Spirit, not natural attraction.
It is purposeful unity. "One hope to which you were called."
It is doctrinal unity. "One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all."
What's at stake for us is being our best selves.
2) The right company performs like a symphony.
Ephesians 4:11-13 -- God has given us qualities that work together. And more become evident as they work together. These gifts are so that everyone is built up and becomes mature.
All of us are lifted up to greater heights than we could reach by ourselves.
3) The right company is a place of stability.
Ephesians 4:14. When something awful happens, you're in danger of losing your footing. When you're losing your marriage, you don't need an "I hate my spouse" group. The right company keeps moving forward.
4) The right company is a place of growth.
Our challenge: Gateway isn't the right company yet. We need people playing their instruments. We need to make choices to grow together. Small groups are how we build this company.
Sign up for a small group! You need it!
For almost all of us, we do have a group of people who influence us. Is it the right company?
Let's invest and make the right companies for each other!