Family Part 1 (Preach Notes) 

Reconnection to God and with others is God's goal in salvation. It is not just being reconnected with Him, it's reconnection, and relationship with others too. Infact relationship's with people is crucial to our spiritual growth. We grow through letting our walls down, through authenticity, intimacy, and allowing others to have influence, and access to our lives and bringing who we are to the table in order to bless and strenghten others. Consequently at CCK we don’t want to build just a crowd of strangers, or even a group of friends but a family. People who will lay their lives down for one another.

It’s actually not all Good when it’s just you and God. It's not healthy when we think it's only about about our vertical realtionship with God, chatting to God, reading the Bible, having personal encounters with God. What God does in those precious personal enounters gets outworked and made manifest in relationship with people. Indeed Individualism is a war against God’s design. He wants to build a church family that echoes and reflects the relatiosnhip the Trinity has with one another. Family is God's BIG IDEA.  Maturity gets expressed person to person, not just person to God. The ultimate mark of maturity is love. 1 Cor 13. 

We often don’t choose because Family is messy, it difficult having to walk deeply with imperfect people. It takes hard choices to stay in family.  Community often doesn’t bear fruit immediately, obviously and quickly. Love takes effort, sacrifice and often costs. It costs to work through disagreements.

But Family is key to our growth in maturity, character, and  godliness. We are called to be interdependent. Eph 4 the body works together Individuals meeting the needs of one another, giving strength, empowerment, wisdom. Supplying what each part needs by each part fulfilling his or her role. You have a piece to contribute and participate with.

To love well well requires repentance. It requires we change the way we think about ourselves and others. It involves pulling down strongholds that keep us locked in and hidden from other people. In the area of personal transformation we are not called to be realistic but supernatural. Relational wounds can be healed. You can learn to trust, risk, grow in love. You can be Free from being defined by how people react to you.. 
Jamie Lee, 15/09/2014