Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Fellowship of the Mat

Pastor Troy Jester

We are made for community and we suffer without it

The church or a local community of believers is essential to our spiritual well-being- Hebrews 10:24-25

Mark 2:1-12

  • Rule number one for entering into deep friendships: Give top priority to your relationships
  • Everybody has a mat- human brokenness and imperfection. It is what is "not normal" about me.
  • Sometimes people spend their whole lives doing “mat management”.
  • Authentic community always involves spiritual growth

Life Group Questions 

1. Read Mark 2:1-12 as you start your time together.  What is your “mat”- your area of brokenness, the place where you’re not “normal”?

2. Are you more likely to carry someone else’s mat for them or allow someone else to help carry yours?  Why?

3. Whose faith has had a deep impact on your life?  Share one example of someone being a “roof-crasher” in your life!

4. What do the following passages say to you about living in community: Romans 12:9-16; Colossians 3:12-17; and 1 Corinthians 13?

5. Do a little “community self-assessment”: If you’re in a crisis, who do you call at three o’clock in the morning? Who prays for you on a regular basis? Who can drop in on you unannounced without any embarrassment? Who can you call to celebrate a victory in some aspect of your life? To what extent are you part of a “fellowship of the mat” these days?

6. Think through the most important relationships in your life right now. How are these relationships helping you move closer to God - or away from God?

7. Spend some time praying for one another