Community Part 2 – How are you feeding your flesh? Authentic confession and encouragement: Sermon Guide

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our January 12, 2020 message, Community Part 2. For more from this series, check out Better Together.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Read the first key takeaway below. Which “one another” can you do a better job of living out with your community group? What’s one way you can do so in the next week?


Do you have people in your life who know where you are prone to wander? People you can freely confess your sin to without fear of judgment or rejection? As we continue our new series, Better Together, Todd Wagner teaches the community core value of live authentically—and the freedom and life that accompany it.

Key Takeaways

  • Community is where we live out the one another's of Scripture before a watching world. Where we: love one another, care for one another, serve one another, admonish one another, show forbearance to and forgive one another; where we keep fervent in our love for one another, are hospitable towards one another and where we employ our gifts in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God; where we greet one another, are of the same mind toward one another, are kind to each other and speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs; where we build up, comfort, pray for, encourage, live in peace with and seek after that which is good for one another. It is where we clothe ourselves in humility toward one another, where we live in subjection to one another, stimulate one another on to love and good deeds, confess sins to one another, live in peace with one another and give preference to one another in honor; where we encourage one another day after day lest any of us become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
  • If you are not practicing the one another’s of Scripture, you are not part of God’s church.
  • You don’t go to church…you are the church.
  • Watermark Membership Covenant.
  • What’s not normal is semi-devotion to someone you call Lord. Full-devotion is the norm.
  • The Bible’s program for your flesh is not to improve it…it’s to crucify it (the mortification of the flesh).
  • God used Naaman’s sin to bring him to His kindness.
  • The purpose of the church is not to be polite and have supper clubs…it’s to live authentically, admonish faithfully and make war for the Kingdom of God.
  • Don’t pretend you don’t have a “siren song”…we all do! While your flesh is prone to wander, your God is sufficient.
  • Wise men seek solitude; fools isolate.

Memorable Quotes

  • "Sin in a wicked man is like poison in a serpent; it is in its natural place.” -Thomas Brooks

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