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Great Questions To Evaluate If You Are Living in True Community

Brian Howard writes:

Christianity is not simply attending a church service. Christianity is not only personal. Beyond having a personal relationship with God and attending a church service on Sundays, the Scriptures clearly show Christians having close relationships with each other. These relationships go beyond Sundays. Are you living out what God really has for you? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who are you daily living life with?
  • Who in your life truly knows your struggles?
  • Who are you encouraging continuously?
  • Who are you regularly praying with?
  • Who is praying for you?
  • Who are you partnering with to reach unbelievers that you know?
  • Who can correct you?
  • Who are you investing in?
  • With whom do you meet with to discuss what God is teaching you?
  • Who would be by your hospital bed to pray for you and encourage you?
  • Who will not allow you to walk away from your marriage or from the faith?
  • Are you faithfully participating in the life of a local church?
  • Who would you meet with if your marriage was in trouble?
  • Who have you counseled with the Word of God recently?

God’s design for you is not to live out your Christian life personally. The clear pattern of the New Testament is that every Christian would have a network of close spiritual friendships. God wants so much more for us than we often realize. Consider going beyond the individualistic, event-driven, western Christianity that many of us are so familiar with. Instead, embrace God’s design for living the Christian life.

10 Signs of a Healthy Team

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I loved this post over on The Resurgence blog adapted from Perry Noble’s blog on some great signs of a healthy team – something I want to come back to time and again:

1. You actually enjoy being around one another instead of trying to find ways to avoid each other.

2. Truth is spoken in love and not in a condescending or condemning way.

3. There is an atmosphere of freedom where differences of opinion can be shared without the immediate perception that the person who is disagreeing is somehow disloyal. (BTW, if you are in a meeting and you disagree mentally then you have an obligation to disagree verbally! If you do not feel that freedom then there is a problem!)

4. People are willing to walk into the room and ask for help rather than put off the perception that they have it all together.

5. No one is trying to prove themselves.

6. Everyone in the room values the opinions of everyone in the room.

7. There can be disagreements without the fear of relationships being destroyed.

8. The entire group is focused on attacking the problems in the room and not the people in the room!

9. People embrace responsibility rather than cast blame.

10. People work through tension honestly rather than saying nothing is wrong and then walking out of the meeting and tearing apart those with whom they disagreed.