Relationships are Difficult

Pastor Corey uses the story of the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15:36-41 to bring us to face the challenge of having a real relationship with another believer.  He says we are redeemed, but God is not finished with us; and therefore, because we are not yet perfect, any relationship that is worthwhile will take effort to grow and deepen.  The sermon is followed by a call to respond while Alex Mejias leads in a song he wrote based on the quote of C. S. Lewis that Corey used during the sermon. The video of this sermon is on this youtube link.

Acts 15:36-41 (ESV)

And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Slide:

1// Truth for Relationships

2// Help for Relationships

3// Hope for Relationships

C. S. Lewis: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

This is the song sung at the end of the sermon

Hello, My Old Heart by Alex Mejias

Hello, my old heart, how have you been? Are you still there inside my chest? I’ve been so worried, you’ve been so still Barely beating at all

Oh, don’t leave me here alone Don’t tell me that we’ve grown for having loved a little whileOh, I don’t want to be alone I want to find a home and I want to share it with you

Hello, my old heart, it’s been so long Since I’ve given you away And everyday I add another stone to the walls I built around you to keep you safe

Hello, my old heart, how have you been? How is it, being locked away? Well don’t you worry in there, you’re safe And it’s true, you’ll never beat but you’ll never break

Nothing lasts forever Somethings aren’t meant to be But you’ll never find the answer Until you set your old heart free Until you set your old heart free