“Chicken and Waffles: Some Things are Better Together”

Some Things Are Better Together
 
What if relationships are not supposed to be easy? Our uniqueness can make it awkward. Our past hurts can create fear. But what if our uniqueness and hurt could actually help us connect?. Could deep connection and authentic community be something we can reach? Is it worth the risk? Some things really are better together!
 
Key Points:
-We are created to be better together.
-We are incomplete as individuals
-Marriage is not required for great community or deep connection.
-Our best fit occurs at our greatest vulnerability
 
Trust God Know Myself Wisely partner with others.
 
Further Conversation
1. Who are some of your best relationship with? How did you meet? Why would you rank these relationships as your best?
2. Read Genesis 2:18-20 Why might people substitute pets or hobbies for human relationships? Why won’t those satisfy us?
3. Read Genesis 2:21-24 Do you think opposites tend to attract? Are we “incomplete as Individuals”? Why or why not?
4. Read Matthew 19:11-12 Can people can have great community outside of being married or being physically intimate? How?
5. Read Genesis 2:25 How does shame complicate relationships?
6. How does our vulnerability connect us with others? When have you experienced vulnerability creating community?
7. Trust God, Know Myself, & Wisely Partner with others. How would you rate your connection and depth with others? What do you need to do next to connect better with others?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Did you know that braiding makes a rope stronger? Fibers bundled together side by side share a load. But if those same fibers are bundled and braided together, the strength is exponentially multiplied. The braid allows the fibers to compress into each other. We humans are not much different. God made us to come together in a woven community. Many of us have acquaintances who might help us some here or there. But real, powerful community is created when our lives twist together. This type of weaving and braiding of people takes time, effort and honest vulnerability. But pity the person who lacks it. How would you rate the depth and power of your community connection? Are you simply standing beside people or have you invested the time and risk to connect?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you made us for community. Help me have the courage to be vulnerable and intentional to connect with others.
 
Tuesday – Hebrews 10:23-25
My workouts are always better when I have a partner. A partner always pushes me just a bit farther than I would go by myself. What I think I can’t do, I find I can with a partner’s encouragement. The same goes for our faith. Sure, we can have individual time in Scripture and prayer, but real faith growth takes partnering with others. We are urged to spur one another on to faith and good works. Who have you partnered with in the church? Who knows you well and you’ve given permission to push you farther in Jesus?
Pray: LORD Jesus, you call me to follow you. Part of following is partnering with others. Help me encourage others and connect.
 
Wednesday – 1 Peter 2:9-10
God doesn’t just call a person. God calls a people. God called the nations of Israel to be a light to the Gentiles. God calls the body of Christ, the Church Universal to be a light to the world. Yes, the nation was made up of individuals, and so is the church. Each individual has unique gifts and even a specific calling from God. Yet we can not understand our unique gifts nor our individual calling from God apart from our role and position within the entire community that is the people of God. We are called together, as a people for a purpose. Are you fighting against your place within the people of God, or leaning into to connect and serve others?
Pray: God of all creation, thank you that I am not alone. I am part of the body of Christ and I have a purpose within this body to serve.
 
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
I’ve got a confession to make. There are times that I just don’t like some people. They rub me the wrong way. I know that sounds awful. When I struggle with someone, I find encouragement and wisdom from Paul’s words. As the Church, we are all part of one body. Just because the eye doesn’t like the perspective of the ear, they need each other. Just because the nose thinks the foot smells bad, they both need each other. Together, we need everyone…even those who rub us the wrong way. The challenge is to consider someone’s gift and benefit to the whole body. See their goodness. Thank God for their presence. Who do you struggle to get along with right now? How might you see their goodness and thank God?
Pray: Almighty God, you made each and everyone one of us. You died for us. Help me see each person as valuable gifts to the body!
 
Friday – Genesis 3:1-13
We all know the blame game. Our politicians are masters of spin, shifting the focus and blame to their political rivals. Siblings point the finger at the other. But where I see the most blame is always in a broken relationship. Never have I had a couples counseling session start with one spouse standing up and saying, “Its really my fault, I’ve failed as a husband. I’m sorry.” No, we always blame. Adam and Eve were no different. They shifted blame. We don’t want to be vulnerable and confess our failures, so we shift the blame. But vulnerability connects. Next time you have conflict, try this instead. Don’t blame the other. Confess your fears and failures. Ask for forgiveness. See if this openness doesn’t heal & restore connection.
Pray: Holy Spirit, I need your help. In the midst of brokenness I want to blame. Help me be open, vulnerable, and seek forgiveness.
 
Saturday – Acts 2:42-48
People took notice! This passage ends stating that every day more and more people committed themselves to Jesus and the Church. What ever the Jesus followers were doing, others wanted in. So what were they doing? They devoted themselves to growing in their faith and their fellowship. They became such an amazing community passionately loving and encouraging one another that outsides were lining up to get in. Its no different today. When people love growing in their faith and love coming together as a community to worship, those churches grow. Where there is passionate love for God and others, people want in. What about you? How can you show a passion for Jesus and others at church? Who could you invite to come with you?
Pray: Loving God, help our church be so full of love for you and love for others that our town takes notice. We want to glorify you!