The church is a community with a shared purpose, in which faithful disciples find their place in contributing to the mission of building the kingdom. We will be looking at specific Gospel texts that deal with this concept of shared purpose. Having completed the study on our identity as God's children, we now turn to consider what it means to live out our identity in community by sharing our gifts with one another.
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God raised Jesus from the dead to provide His people with an everlasting relationship with them. God also desires for His people to have a similar relationship with each other. That is our high calling. Fortunately, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, God gives us tools to help live out that calling in relationship with one another. When we live lives that are not guided by the Spirit, it leads to sin. Just as sin separates us from God, it also hurts our relationships with others. Gentleness undoes what damage our sin can cause, but requires great strength. Gentleness is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength in God.