Our schedules are too busy. We’re trying to raise a family. Other people have hurt me. Life is safer alone. These are some of the things we might tell ourselves that keep us away from investing time in building community around us. But regardless of your personality, God wired YOU for community. And there is something incredible that happens in community that you just can’t get anywhere else. Let’s talk about what that is!



The Goonies is about a band of adventurous kids who take on the might of a property developing company that plans to destroy their home to build a country club. When the children discover an old pirate map in the attic, they follow it into an underground cavern in search of lost treasure but come up against plenty of dangerous obstacles along the way.


In the movie, we see how powerful it is when this group of kids get together because of a common interest.  

Community is powerful because it meets three basic human needs: identity, security, and purpose. 

[Genesis 2:18] 

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”

[ACTS 2:42-47]

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper, and to prayer.  A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

“The church is the people of God, doing the work of God.”



The Church Gives us Purpose

“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [Matthew 28:18-20]
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” [Luke 19:10]


The Church Encourages

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” [Ephesians 4:29]


The Church is Unified 

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” [John 13:35]

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” [Philippians 2:3]


Application Questions

1. What stood out to you from this message and why?

2. What is one thing God is telling you to START doing because of this message?

3. What is one thing God is telling you to STOP doing because of this message?

4. How will this message change how you act at home, work and in the your relationships?