Grace Community Church

Antidote for the Ache of Loneliness

Given on January 21, 2018 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Various
Sermon Series: Target 2018

We are increasingly a digitally connected world yet, despite the ubiquitous presence of social media, more and more people are feeling isolated and alone (young and old alike). The British Prime Minister recently announced that she was going to appoint a “minister for loneliness” in response to this crisis. What is it about western culture that tends to exacerbate this problem? Is the church a counter-cultural force helping connect people in a healthy way? What changes can you/we make in order to foster authentic community here at GCC?

What characteristics do you think need to be present in a church in order for strong relational connections to develop? What characteristics tend to squelch authentic community? Given the fact that none of us have reached a point of sinless perfection, how should we handle the inevitable hurts and conflicts that will come as we do life together? For a challenging study, look at all the uses of “one another” in the New Testament. Which of these is the Holy Spirit nudging you to include in your life on a more regular basis?

“The single most effective weapon the Enemy uses to destroy community in the modern church is busyness!” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What practical steps can you take to fight against the hectic pace of our culture in order to make space for our very real need for one another?