The Risk to Belong

September 2016

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  • The Risk to Belong - It’s About the Kingdom! - Brian Steenhoek
  • The Risk to Belong: It's Not About You! - Karla Chestnut
  • The Risk to Belong: It's About You! - Dave Bartlett
  • The Risk to Belong: It's About God! - Alice Shirey

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  • October 20

    Community Center: Brian Steenhoek
    Sanctuary: Karla Chestnut
    Grundy County: Dave Bartlett
    Waverly: Alice Shirey

  • October 27

    Community Center: Karla Chestnut
    Sanctuary: Brian Steenhoek
    Grundy County: Alice Shirey
    Waverly: Dave Bartlett

  • November 3

    Community Center: Eric Lins
    Sanctuary: Alice Shirey
    Grundy County: Ed Baker
    Waverly: Juli Camarin

  • November 10

    Community Center: Juli Camarin
    Sanctuary: Ed Baker
    Grundy County: Eric Lins
    Waverly: Alice Shirey

  • November 17

    Community Center: Ed Baker
    Sanctuary: Juli Camarin
    Grundy County: Alice Shirey
    Waverly: Eric Lins

  • November 24

    Community Center: Alice Shirey
    Sanctuary: Eric Lins
    Grundy County: Juli Camarin
    Waverly: Ed Baker

The Risk to Belong

We were created to belong to God and to other people.
If we miss this, we miss everything.

The need to belong, to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, is hardwired into the human DNA.
Where does this desire come from?

We believe it comes from the truth that we were created by a God who is at his core, a community - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We were created out of community for community. Our deep need to belong displays this truth.

God is at work to create for himself a community through whom he can bless a broken world; that community is his church; God’s people.. We will live in community with God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and with each other, for all eternity. Belonging is our destiny!

But in our individualistic and noisy world, true community is hard to find. The truth is, we must initiate it; it will rarely just happen. As followers of Jesus, we must seek community as a primary calling of our faith. But not just any old “community,” it must be community in the way of Jesus, which means laying down our lives for the sake of others; entering into community for others, rather than solely to meet our own needs.

Doing this is hard.
It is risky.
We all fear rejection.
But it is a risk we must take.
God encourages us to step out in faith this fall to take “The Risk to Belong!”