Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Face to Face"
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Face to Face, given on July 9, 2017.
In a world with so many substitutes, where do you find yourself seeking community? With the word “community” being so loosely defined, it is easy to settle for an online alternative. Even as I write this, I am sitting in a coffee shop watching those around me experience what they would suggest is community. Maybe they are, or maybe they just think they are. How will we know? Biblical community looks radically different. This week CJ spent time on one pivotal verse that identifies 5 characteristics of gospel community that separates the church from any alternative the world offers as a “true relational refuge of support”. These 5 relational virtues are the unique foundation for being the refuge that prepares us for every interaction we make as those who follow Christ into an antagonistic world.
Read 1 Pet. 3:8. Take the opportunity to read the verse thoughtfully, meditating on each of the five virtues considered.
Consider the following questions for your personal growth:
- Of the five virtues Peter prioritizes, which virtues do you see being developed in your heart? Which virtues do you recognize needing greater attention?
- What experiences have you considered community life prior to this sermon? Have they all been characterized by face-to-face experience, or have they lacked this quality?
- Parents, consider practicing the virtue of sympathy by drawing out an experience your kids have had. Listen well so you can reflect their experience back to them.
[post written by Tyson Ziegler]