Vision: The Church New Barnet Needs is a community

Vision: The Church New Barnet Needs is a community

Introduction – Maslow’s hierarchy of needs


1) I _______ in Christian community.

There is one body and one Spirit – just as we were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-5)

We need ____________, but we go looking for it in the wrong places.

The more isolated you are, the more likely you are to end up with ___________.[1]

We need community to be ___________ Christians.

Challenge #1: Commit to Christian community even though it’s not easy.

Challenge #2: Don’t hang around the edges – commit to _________ Christian community.

Challenge #3: We’re all involved in lots of communities that make ________ demands on us. Make Christian community _________ community.


2) Christian community is where I discover who I truly am.

We discover who we are as we discover what gifts God has given us.

“But to each of us, grace [ie gifts[2]] has been given as Christ apportioned it.…”  (Ephesians 4:7)

Ephesians 4:11

apostles – prophets – evangelists – pastors and teachers


administration – discernment – faith – healing – knowledge – miracles – tongues – interpretation – wisdom -helps

Romans 12

exhortation – giving – leadership – mercy – service.

other New Testament gifts

celibacy – hospitality – voluntary poverty – martyrdom.

i) I discover my gifts by ______.

“from [Jesus] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.…”  (Ephesians 4:15)

ii) If I don’t discover my gifts, I miss out and so does the church.

__% of the work is done by __% of the people.


3) Christian community is where God _________ us into the likeness of _____


It happens as we serve, and as we speak the truth in love (Eph.4:15).

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

Hard truths come best from a friend.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1John 4:10)



I want to know more:

  • Book: Mark Driscoll, Vintage Church
  • To listen:
  • Kevin de Young, Just Do Something (on gifting and guidance)


[2] For more info on gifts visit: