Wilson is Not Enough

September 23, 2014 | Chris Payne

People need to Connect to others in Community. This is what we were created for.
In fact, in the absence of true relational connection we will create community. This is the case for Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway. Hanks finds himself on an isolated Pacific Island, and creates a friend named Wilson…a volleyball. The pull for connection is so strong, we’ll look anywhere and to anything to find it.

Wilson reminds us of our need for true Community.
In the Bible, the first time God says something is not good is Genesis 2:18, “for man to be alone.”

We don’t so well in isolation.
If people came with instructions, one of the would be…”needs to be in community with other people.”

So, what does God do about this?
He gives us the Church.
If God is our Father, then we are brothers and sisters…a family rescued by God.

The Church isn’t a club for religious people; The Church is a family for forgiven people.

Read Acts 2:42-47.
The key to true Biblical Community is found in the first 3 words…”They devoted themselves…”
The greek word for “devoted” means: Radical Unselfishness.

Wilson isn’t enough. We need people who will commit to us, and us to them.
We need to devote to God’s:
-Vision for us.
-Conversation and Authenticity with others
-The community around us

We need to know and be known.
We need to understand that it’s ok to not be ok, but it’s not ok to stay that way.
We need to break the addiction that we have to ourselves.

If you’re struggling with what it means to connect with others in true community, listen to this message: #Connect@NewClt