This Is Home – We’re A Relational Church

Pastor Lis Burns

May 9, 2021

  1. Relationship with God.
  • Without a relationship with God, all other relationships will fail.
  • God is the creator of all relationships.

Genesis 2:15-18 NIV  //  The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

  • Community was God's plan from the start.

Genesis 3:8-11 NIV  //  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

  • Where are you?
  • Separation causes shame.
  • God isn't a part of my life, he is my life.
  1. Relationship with others.
  • Friendship keeps us human because it leads us to a life outside of ourselves.

Genesis 2:7 NIV  //  Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

  • We are the breath of God.

1 Samuel 18:1 NIV  //  Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

  • Qashar – Hebrew – to bind, to tie together
  • Some of you are looking for fans and not friends.
  • Love is not telling someone only good things, it’s telling all things in love.

John 14:2-3 NIV  //  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.