John 17: 20-23
The 151st church family has the following mission: we exist to live, and help others live, a purposeful life by being more like Jesus. Our mission expresses itself in through:
* Growing – developing our understanding of God’s Bible and developing ways of helping us faithfully live out those understandings.
* Bonding – developing a deeper relationship with God that reveals itself through our deepening relationships with one another.
* Sending – identifying ways to both serve and teach the people and communities around us with the goal of one day planting another church.
Last year focused on “growing”, the first of the three expressions of our mission. This year we will focus on the second of the three purposes – “bonding” – and explore the Bible’s teachings about relationships and the place they hold within our effort to be more a Christlike church family. Bonding’s goal focuses on helping us cultivate united, Jesus-centered relationships with one another through which we evidence, and develop, our relationship with God. This lesson introduces our focus for 2021 by offering a brief overview of bonding’s place within the Bible.