How To Find or Create True Biblical Community

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Episode Summary

Most Christians are living on starvation rations of relationship. This is not God’s design. God’s people—the Church—are supposed to be the culture’s example of rich, committed, deep relationships. If you don’t have them, here’s how you can.

Outside of God’s Word, the greatest protection He gave us is God’s people. Sadly, many Christian couples do life without other believers and the wise counsel and correction that comes with them. In this episode, Dale and Veronica discuss what it takes to have biblical community wrapped around your family.

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In addition to our teaching time, we usually answer one-two critical questions from our listening audience. If we had a Q&A in this episode you can view those questions at the bottom of this page and hear our responses at the closing of this episode. Also, if you have a question you would like answered on the show, please email us at support@ultimatemarriage.com.

Worthy Quotes From This Episode

  • We’re seeing a great spirit of independence in the church—couples hiding in crowds, known by few, and accountable to no one.
  • Autonomy in the Body of Christ is an oxymoron.
  • Friendship is not fellowship. The proximity of relationship is not the participation of relationship.
  • The very place designed to teach real relationships is going bankrupt in real relationships.
  • The church has become merely a knowledge source and not a relationship source.
  • It is stillness and availability and accessibility that are the true currencies of relationship success. It is othering and preference and willingness that lead to emotional wealth.

Scripture From This Episode

  • Ephesians 1:22-23 “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
  • Proverbs 18:1 “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire.”
  • Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
  • Galatians 6:1 “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.”
  • James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed”
  • Luke 17:3 “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Questions Answered In This Episode

  • No questions in this episode

This Week’s Memory Verse

  • Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Lastly, did anything stand out in this show? Do you have any comments, additions or questions? Let us know about them in the comments below.

Written By Dale Partridge
Dale is the co-founder and Editor in Chief at Ultimate Marriage. He is best known as a thought leader on biblical theology, family, and church practice. Currently, Dale is finishing his graduate studies at Western Seminary.
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