Discovering Your Place To Belong – Part 3

“DISCOVERING YOUR PLACE TO BELONG – Pt. 3”

INTRO: We’re all called to be planted in a local community of believers, resulting in flourishing (Ps. 92:13-14).

THE CHALLENGES OF BEING PLANTED:

  1. Dying to a spirit of independence and self-will (Jn. 12:24).
  2. Dying to unrealistic expectations of a nearly flawless church.
  3. Dying to the barrier of our own unresolved issues.
  4. Dying to your busy schedule sufficient to being planted.

I. DISCOVERING THE PLACE TO BE PLANTED.

  1. God chooses the place, while you discover and cooperate with His choice for you (Deut. 12:5; 1Cor. 12:18).
  2. You may need to die to your shopping list of what you’re looking for in a church.

II. HOW TO GET PLANTED (1Cor. 10:11; Deut. 12:5-7).

  • Learn from the experiences of the people in the O.T.
  1. GO THERE (Deut. 12:5).
    1. The Greek word for “church” is Ekklesia, which means a calling out and a coming together.
    2. Corporate presence of God (Matt. 18:20; 2Chron. 5:13-14).
  2. GIVE THERE (Deut. 12:6, 13-14; Mal. 3:10-12).
    1. We’re to support our local church with our giving.
    2. All your (God’s) tithe should go to the house where God has chosen for you to be planted (Mal. 3:10-12).
  3. EAT THERE (Deut. 12:7a).
    1. It’s not about where the best food is, it’s about who your family is!
    2. Did where Elijah go to eat matter (1Ki. 17:3-9)?
  4. SERVE THERE (Deut. 12:7b; 1Pet. 4:10; Eph. 4:16; Heb. 10:24-25).
    1. God has given you gifts to use in serving your church family (1Pet. 4:10).
    2. The body needs your supply (Eph. 4:16)!
    3. Just start encouraging others (Heb. 10:24-25)!

CONCLUSION: God wants to plant you in a local community of believers (Ps. 92:13-14)! To be planted – go there, give there, eat there, and serve there (Deut. 12:5-7), which will require some dying there (Jn. 12:24)!