Made in the Image

2011 RightNow Conference

We were created to live in community. And our relationship with others is supposed to reflect God’s relationship in the Trinity. In this 50-minute session from the 2011 RightNow Conference, Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor of Watermark Community Church, looks to the first century church and the Trinity in order to define what a church is supposed to be. Todd’s message will help us to lead our people to live out their faith in relationship with others.

As you watch, take notes and write down thoughts about how this message can impact your ministry.

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Todd Wagner referenced the early church in Acts 2 as the model of a community of believers. They were selfish people transformed by the power of the cross into people who were joyfully other-centered. How would we define our church? How does this line up with the way Jesus described the church?
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Todd explained that understanding who we are in Christ defines how we do church. We are image bearers of the Triune God—who exist in perfect community and love together. As the world looks at us, how do we measure up in these areas? What are ways we can improve? As leaders, how are we modeling this?
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Todd challenged us to be a church that genuinely practices the “one anothers” in Scripture—to love, serve, care for, encourage, forgive, etc. How well do we practice the “one anothers” as a ministry team? Are there any tensions within our ministry team because of conflicts? How can we address these?
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Richard’s story showed how a small group shared their care and faith with him and how he serves others since he found Christ. What impact do our small groups have on their communities? What are some ways we can better equip and direct small group leaders so they feel qualified to facilitate and disciple their small group?
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Todd states that when we glorify the Father, people are drawn to us since that kind of relational community is what they’ve wanted from the moment they were born. How are we leading people to become more like Christ? Are we attracting non-believers into community with us? What are some ideas to encourage welcoming others into community?
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The radical power of God that lives in us since we’ve been transformed by the gospel should make a difference in the way we live, the way we talk, the way we relate to others and how we look to those around us. Are living transformed lives? Are we leading others to live transformed lives? Or do we look and act just like everyone else? 
 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.             -Matthew 5:16

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