Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

You’ve Got To Get Connected

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Pastor John Watkin

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Over the next weeks, in a series called, “A New Look At Purpose,” we will return to the five purposes of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism that drive our church.

These five purposes are the lens through which we do church at Highland. They sum up what Jesus taught in His Great Commandment and His Great Commission.

We teach these purposes in our 101 Discovering Highland Class and they frequently hang as banners in our Worship Center, but this is not enough. This series will seek to give a fresh and practical perspective to each purpose.

On Sunday in a message entitled, “You’ve Got To Get Connected,” we will look at the Purpose of Fellowship. When we think about being connected we immediately think of the Internet. But despite all our technology, we have become more and more disconnected.

You and I were made for relationships. We were created for connections. That is what fellowship is all about. The Book of Acts in the New Testament records the beginning of the church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Luke mentions fellowship in his description of the first Jerusalem church in Acts 2:42 (NLT)

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.”

Because the privilege of connectedness or fellowship is essential to your life, we are going to look at four Biblical metaphors that will give an understanding of what it is like to be spiritually connected.

You will find this message practical and helpful in counteracting the isolation that is so common in our society.

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