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Mike Souder - February 2, 2020

Authentic Community

GCC Mission 2020

God created us to live in relationship. And the church is God’s primary community where we can grow in relationship with God and with others. Christian community is meant not only to be raw and vulnerable; it is meant to be the ‘authentic’ (or genuine) expression of God-given relationship. Together, we are to provide a picture to the world of God’s love and purpose. The fact that we often fail in this doesn’t make it any less true. We are the body of Christ and together with Christ, we are the hope for the world.

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In a culture where we can (more than) easily buy in bulk, super-size our food orders, get a cup of caffeine every few blocks at a coffee shop, upgrade our technological devices to the "bigger & better" versions, add 50 more channels to the 180 that we already get with cable TV or binge watch 45 episodes of a series on Netflix, we are full. We like having enough; we like having plenty. We like being full. Fasting - "giving up food (or something else) for a period of time in order to focus your thoughts on God". Reading that can cause a variety of thoughts: 1) "Huh? Why would I do that?"; 2) "Will God love me more if I fast?"; 3) "Is that what I need to do in order to get my prayers answered?"; 4) "Ugh - that means going hungry and being miserable. No. Thank. You." Being full vs. being hungry? Pretty sure we'd all chose the former. Being full of God and more hungry for Him? Is there even a better option?

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