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Close reading on unity

Over and against bland or brutal or brief unity, Paul presents the unity of the Spirit....

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In line with the calling

A non-comprehensive yet challenging list of ways to live a life worthy of the calling we’ve received...

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A Foundation for Unity

We’ve been invited, summoned, called into the life and mission and kingdom of God....

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The Seeds and the Birds

When we become who God invites us to become we benefit from the growth and we bless our broader community....

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The Swinging Pendulum

Rapid expansion doesn’t repudiate smallness. In fact, smallness is a necessary and significant element of the life of Christian community....

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Grow and Change

Growth brings change. Change brings challenges. Challenges bring choices....

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A Small Seed

God isn’t afraid to start small. That’s how he always does it. ...

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Teaching in parables

What’s your willingness to wrestle with God as you come into this week? ...

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Principles of Community Connection

Nothing can help us connect with difficult people quite like the presence of Jesus....

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The Mirror of Conflict

So often our hesitations about the people we distrust have as much to do with our own fears and pride as anything having to do with “them.” ...

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The Beauty of Gatekeeping

Apart from Jesus, none of these disciples would have received an invite to Levi’s party … and none of these disciples would have had access to Levi’s social network....

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The Zealot and the Tax Collector

Jesus packed a riot into a small group. And that small group changed the world....

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The Taxman

Tax collectors in Judea in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry had remarkably complex jobs....

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Look at this group

Healthy small groups will connect us to people we wouldn’t ordinarily connect with thought means we wouldn’t ordinarily use in ways that radically challenge us to mature and grow. ...

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An Ordinary Group

The remarkable thing about the men was that they had been with Jesus (see Acts 4:13)....

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Is 12 a magic number?

Did Jesus and the Twelve know some secret to group dynamics and community structure?...

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The Mission in the Middle

From the very beginning Jesus’ small group had a mission. ...

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Jesus was in a small group

He could share more with them by living life with them than by lecturing them....

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He came to serve

Our participation in service gives us a deeper appreciation of the salvation that Jesus bought for us. That salvation works deeper into our souls as a result. And we’re transformed....

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Pursue true greatness

You’re more likely to find the truly great person by looking for someone serving. You’re more likely to grow into true greatness in your own life by looking for opportunities to serve....

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