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07. #WeAreEmmanuel 7 Play As Team Pt1

Originally recorded on Sunday 18th February 2018. Visit http://weareemmanuel.com for more content. Speaker: Stephen Dawson

This preach looks at the value of playing as a team. However great you are individually you get to be part of something greater. When we join the church, we are brought into God's community. We are to worship God together and also be on mission to serve others and point people to Christ.

What it means to be a part of the church:

Don't Go Solo- In Brighton, the individualistic autonomous culture is seen as where you will find fullfillment. However, as a church we must be careful not to desert the team. This is not to say that freedom isn't good- it is. But when it becomes and end in itself it can become problematic. As humans, we need other humans as we are appointed to community. The body is vitally connected to God. When one thing isn’t connected to the rest it is vitally disconnected. It has to be connected in order for the body to work fully properly. This is how the church works, as one body we are connected by each different member that plays a part.

Better Together – God himself is a community- Father, Son and Holy Spirt. Genesis 1:27 reads ''So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.'' Part of the reason we reflect God's image is because we are a 'them', made to be in community, in the same way that God himself is a community. God is three in one. We reflect this image by being one body- the church, yet many persons. It takes a community for a person to be healthy and in the right context.

There's a place for you- Togetherness is so important as part of the church. Each of us as believers are in great danger if we don’t stay connected to the body that is the church. We are to be in unity in faith and use the gifts God has given us for the building up of the body to glorify God. There is a mutual relationship with the church – you need the church and the church needs you.

Love and Obey- Being in union with other believers is also an opportunity for us to obey Jesus' commands. John 14:15 reads If you love me, you will keep my commandments. The term 'one another' comes up fairly often in the Bible e.g. love one another. This cannot be completed unless we act in community.

Strive Together- We are to pursue the gospel together in faith and help people find their way back to God. It is the greatest mission of our lives as believers.

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