Building Community on Costly Grace

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The New Canaan Society exists to inspire a global connected network of men who are committed to friendship with Jesus and each other. At the 2009 New Canaan Society conference, Tim Keller, author of The Reason for God and Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, describes a Christian community that correctly understands and embraces the costly grace that Jesus offers.

A community that embraces a God of costly grace forms to contain three characteristics.
  1. It is a community of healing growth
  2. It is a community of family closeness
  3. It is a community of counter-cultural reversal of the world's values

Is it easy to be vulnerable in your community? Are you able to admit your faults to brothers or sisters who want to encourage you to grow? If not, what are the "fig leaves" of your community that people use to hide and pretend at perfection?
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How will an ideal community react when a brother confesses a persistent sin? How close is your community to this ideal, and how can you get there?
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“You are not going to be changed by a community of grace unless you make time for these other people that are in there.”

Are you community members radically committed to one another? Or do you see favoritism or snobbiness forming inside your church fellowship? Either way, what does this look like in your community?
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How can your community improve at the time its member spend with one another? How can this be done in a way that is more reflective of the biblical expectation for members of God's family?
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What counter cultural activities and attitudes of your community stand opposed to the world's values? Why does your community value these things? Are they manifest to the culture around you?
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Dr. Keller said that being alone is a huge part of what hell is. Do you agree? Why do you think this is so?
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"If you can’t confess your sin, if you can’t open up about what’s wrong inside, if you can’t be weak, if you are so worried about the resumé, if you’re even too busy because doing well is more important than being a brother, you’re alone." Value what God values in your community, that all of you may richly encourage own another in Christ.

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