A Loving Koinōnia

Romans 12 - A Loving Koinōnia
Dave Riddle - 10/6/19

Key Passage: Romans 12:9-16

koinōnia (Greek: κοινωνία) - fellowship, association, community, intimacy, joint participation (the share which one has in anything), communion. 


  • Romans 12:9

    • Let love be without hypocrisy

    • anypokritos (Greek: ἀνυπόκριτος) - originally used to refer to actors or one playing a part: unfeigned, undisguised, sincere.

Spiritual Sensitivity 

  • Romans 12:9

    • Detest evil

    • Cling to what is good


  • Romans 12:10

    • Love one another deeply.

    • Be devoted to one another

    • As brothers and sisters


  • Romans 12:10

    • Outdo one another in showing honor.

    • Honor one another above yourselves.


  • Romans 12:11

    • Don’t be lazy, don’t lack zeal.

    • Be fervent - zeō (Greek: ζέω) - to be hot (boil, of liquids; or glow, of solids), i.e. (figuratively) be fervid (earnest):—be fervent.


  • Romans 12:12

    • The picture of someone who is determined.

    • Hopefulness rather than hopelessness

Big Hearts

  • Romans 12:13

    • Share with the saints in their needs

    • Emotionally, spiritually, and practically!

Open Arms

  • Romans 12:13

    • Pursue hospitality

    • philoxenia (Greek: φιλοξενία) - love to strangers, hospitality

    • Not just waiting but actively looking for opportunities to show hospitality to strangers.

Unnatural and Unexpected 

  • Romans 12:14

    • Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse


  • Romans 12:15

    • Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.

    • Not just sympathetic but empathic.

One Accord

  • Romans 12:16

    • Live in harmony with one another.

    • Of one mind.

Down to Earth

  • Romans 12:16

    • Associate with the humble.

Which one or two of these areas is the Holy Spirit highlighting in your own life?

Generosity Pt. 2

Vitals - Generosity Pt. 2
Dave Riddle - 08/25/19
Key Passage: Mark 12:41-44

Generous: the readiness to give more of something than is strictly necessary or expected.

Scripture: at the core it’s about God giving to us.

Embracing a lifestyle of generosity...

  • A Reflection of God

    • John 13:34 - Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

      • Jesus is the perfect picture of generosity for us to emulate.

  • A Display of Gratitude

    • Mark 12:44

      • Even though she had very little, she realized that she was blessed.

    • Hebrews 12:28

      • We’ve received a kingdom that can’t be shaken. Our response should be an outpouring of gratitude.

  • An Assertion of Trust

    • Mark 12:44

      • She gave everything and, trusted that God would provide for her.

        • Not a suggestion that we are all prescribed to do the same.

        • But a challenge for us to examine the way we give.

      • Do we give out of our surplus, or do we give sacrificially?

  • An Attack on the “King”

    • We are our own biggest enemies: our selfishness, our self-centeredness, our greed. We are the kings of our own lives.

    • Matthew 6:24 - cant worship God and money both.

Generosity Pt. 1

Vitals - Generosity Part 1
Dave Riddle - 08/11/19
Key Passage: Romans 8:32

Definition: Showing a readiness to give more of something than is strictly necessary or expected.

Scripture: At the core, it’s all about God

Jesus: Perfect example of generosity

  • He gave willingly

    • John 10:18

  • He gave joyfully

    • John 15:13

  • He gave purposefully

    • 1 Peter 3:18

  • He gave sacrificially

    • Ephesians 5:25

    • Philippians 2:5-8

Out (Our World)

A Family on Mission - Out (Our World)

Dave Riddle - 06/30/19

Key Passage: Matthew 9:35-38

A Quick Review

  1. One Calling

    • Help people follow Jesus together

  2. Two Commandments

    • Love God, Love Others

      • Mark 12:28-31

  3. Three Dimensions

    • Up, In, Out

Living on Mission like Jesus

He went.

  • Matthew 9:35 - “Jesus continued going...”

    • Teaching

      • didaskō (Greek: διδάσκω) - teaching with the purpose of transformation.

    • Gospelling

      • kēryssō euaggelion basileia (Greek: κηρύσσω ευαγγελιον βασιλεα) - preaching the good news of the Kingdom.

    • Healing

      • Jesus understood that people needed healing and he provided it.

He Noticed.

  • Matthew 9:36 - “when he saw the crowds...”

    • He didn’t overlook them or look past them. He saw them.

He felt.

  • Compassion

    • Matthew 9:36

    • splagchnizomai (Greek: σπλαγχνίζομαι) - to be moved as to one's bowels, hence to be moved with compassion, have compassion (for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity)

He Explained

  • Matthew 9:37

    • The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few

Our Response

We Embody Jesus

  • Luke 6:40

  • We want to be like Him.

We Proclaim

  • Acts 1:8

  • Witnesses for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit

Two Outcomes

  1. Redemption

    • Ephesians 1:7

  2. Restoration

    • We can make a difference in a world of chaos.

The most important thing to remember is how desperately God loves you.

  • The world is full of individuals that God loves individually.

  • Do we see the world through God’s eyes or do we see faceless/nameless masses?

Up (Our Father)

A Family on Mission - Up (Our Father)

Dave Riddle - 06/16/19

Key Passage: Acts 13:22

The most important thing

  • Mark 12:28-30

Captured by the concept of worship

  • Romans 12:1

A rhythmic response to God’s self-revelation

  • 1 John 4:19 - “we love because He first loved us...”

A matter of our hearts

  • Mark 7:6



  • 1 Samuel 16:7

    • “...the Lord looks at the heart”

  • Acts 12:22

    • “...a man after my own heart”

    • We are called to align our hearts with God’s heart.

Allow God to be first

  • Philippians 3:7-14

  • Make God the object and pursuit of your life.

Rely on God’s power

  • 1 Samuel 17

  • Romans 8:11 - the same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in you!

Rest in His authority

Live in full transparency

  • Psalm 139 - you have searched me and know me.

Two Outcomes

  1. We are loved

    • The creator of the universe loves you!

    • 1 John 3:1 - his love is so great that we are called His children!

  2. Called to live in obedience!

    • John 14:15 - if we love God we will desire to keep His commands.

A Word of Woe to His Critics

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He Set His Face - A Word of Woe to His Critics

Dave Riddle - 03/31/19

Key Passage: Luke 11:37-52

Luke 9:51 - When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He set His face resolutely towards Jerusalem. 

  • Resolute: purposefully unwavering or determined.

Torah - The law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch).

Talmud - The body of Jewish civil and ceremonial law and legend. Not from scripture, but rabbinic tradition. 

Exposing the Hypocrites:

  1. You’re the ones who are unclean

    • Luke 11:39-41

  2. You’ve lost sight of the Law’s design

    • Luke 11:42

    • Love and justice take a back seat to tradition and legalism.

  3. You’re preoccupied with status

    • Luke 11:43

    • Only concerned with what others think.

  4. You’re actually a source of defilement

    • Luke 11:44

    • They thought they were a source of purity, but the opposite was the truth.

Challenging the Experts: 

  1. Your teaching puts a burden on the people that is not from God.

    • Luke 11:46

    • “Woe” is not a term of vindictiveness, but of regret.

  2. Like your ancestors you are in opposition to God’s message and messengers.

    • Luke 11:47

  3. You are Kingdom-Inhibitors

    • Luke 11:52

    • You’re not just missing the point, you’re causing others to miss the point.

A Strong Word to Would-Be Followers

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He Set His Face - A Strong Word to Would-Be Followers

Dave Riddle - 03/24/19

Key Passage: Luke 14:25-34

Luke 9:51 - When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He set His face resolutely towards Jerusalem. 

  • Resolute: purposefully unwavering or determined.

5 Examples to Illustrate 5 Marks of a Follower

  1. Family: Love Jesus Supremely

    • Luke 14:26

    • Jesus uses hyperbole to show that nothing should rival the love we have for God.

    • If Jesus is the absolute priority of your life everything else will fall into place.

  2. A Cross: Live to Die

    • Luke 14:27

    • Galatians 2:20

    • I no longer live but Christ lives in me

    • Our old self has to die.

  3. A Building: All in, to the very end

    • Luke 14:28-30

    • From your entire life, for your entire life.

    • In every facet of life.

  4. A War: Surrender to the more powerful king

    • Luke 14:31-33

    • It’s not about winning, it’s about surrendering.

    • How much confidence do you have in your own resources?

    • John 14:27 - Peace eirēnē (Greek: εἰρήνη) - a state of rest, denoting the absence or end of strife. It refers to a state of untroubled, I disturbed well-being. Peace; a state of natural tranquility. 

  5. Salt: Reality matches identity

    • Luke 14:34-35

    • Are we marked by our decision to follow Jesus?