Our sermon series and emphasis as a church during June and July is going to be on ‘Family’: what does it mean to be the family of God and how do we live out our desire to see lives transformed through loving one another. As a church we are not an organisation, an institution or a service but a committed community of believers who share their lives with each other, grow up together and live life together – just like a family.

In terms of follow up in Life Groups our emphasis should be putting all of this into practice rather than just talking about it! So we will be thinking of ways to facilitate this in our Life Groups. We want to be creative, to think outside the box and not be afraid of doing something different! And when we discuss as a group we will try to make the discussion personal and real rather than abstract and theoretical. Life Groups need to be places where we can be honest and open with each other, where we can make ourselves vulnerable and be supported.

It’s also Summer so if we have some warmer weather there should be the opportunity to get out and do things together. As family…!

Family: Agape Love 26 June 2016
On Sunday Matthew talked on Agape Love following on from Andy’s vision for us to be “As Family…”
This is part of our vision to see lives transformed through… Loving One Another
In order to do this we need to be sharing life together. As Rick Warren says “We are the family of God. Church is not something you go to. Church is something you belong to.

Over the next 6 weeks we will look at the following aspects of being FAMILY;

F        Father
We are adopted and born again into God’s family. We are His children and bear his likeness.
A        Agape Love
God’s sacrificial love for us. The way God wants us to love each other.
M       Meeting
Sundays? Also Life Groups, Bible Studies, BBQ’s, Parties… Whenever we meet together we share life together and build relationships.
I         Interdependence
Working together and everyone using their gifts.
L        Living Stones
Holy and different: saints set apart by God to make a difference in society.
Y        Yearning
A deep desire and longing to see God’s Kingdom come.

We need to build a community of Trust, Love and Hope which will be a Revival Culture in this area.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:14-19)

 Question for this weeks Life Groups:

How can I demonstrate practical love to my fellow believers and those on the Isle? What gifts from God do I have to offer?

Which relationships do I need to grow in love? (It may be a family member, a colleague, a neighbour, or someone at EBC)

Am I prepared to commit to love those people as Christ has commanded? What does this mean for me right now?