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Biblical Community | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Idea: I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God’s purposes in my life, in the lives of others and in the world.

Key Verse: 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who 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. Acts 2:44-47

Key Question: How do I develop healthy relationships with others?

“it is not good for man to be alone.” (pg. 259; Genesis 2:18)

Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,

    one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

    and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

    But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

    two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (pg. 260;Eccl. 4:9-12)

Step 1: Put God at the center of your life and community

“…have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.”

(pg. 261; Exodus 25:8)

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (pg. 262; Exodus 40:34-35)

If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? (Exodus 33:15-16)

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

(Matthew 27:51)

For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.”

(pg. 266; Matthew 18:20)

Step two – Surround yourself with other Christians committed to the same purpose

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who 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. (pg. 265; Acts 2:42-47)

“All the believers were together and had everything in common” = Koinonia.

Biblical community is a collection of people who share a common purpose.

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15)

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

(pg. 265; Acts 2:47

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Bible Study | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Idea: I study the Bible to know God, and his truth and to find direction for my daily life

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (pg. 212, Joshua 1:8)

How to Study the Bible:

Observation – What do I see?

Interpretation – What does it mean?

Application – So what?

They Received the Word

10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, [a]and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness… (Acts 17:10-11a NASV)

They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the honeycomb. (Pg. 215, Psalm 19:10)

…“Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. (Ezekiel 3:3)

They Researched the Word

…examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11b NASB)

They Responded to the Word

12 Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. (Acts 17:12 NASB)

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