My People: Accountability

My People
Part 3

Acts 9:26 "when Saul came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was really a disciple, but Barnabas, his friend, took him and brought him to the apostles,"

What kind of people do you need in your life?


2 Corinthians 7:5-7 NLT “When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. 6 But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.”

I Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER and build each other up…”


Ruth 1:16-17 - "But Ruth replied, 'Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.'" (NIV)


I Kings 19:19 “So Elijah went and found Elisha who was plowing a field with eleven other teams ahead of him; he was at the end of the line with the last team. Elijah went over to him and threw his coat across his shoulders and walked away again.[a]
20 Elisha left the oxen standing there and ran after Elijah and said to him, “First let me go and say good-bye to my father and mother, and then I’ll go with you!”
Elijah replied, “Go on back! Why all the excitement?”
21 Elisha then returned to his oxen, killed them, and used wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the other plowmen, and they all had a great feast. Then he went with Elijah, as his assistant.”


2 Samuel 12:1-7 “The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”

My People: Authenticity

My People
Part 2

What is the purpose of a wall?

1. Walls keep things out

2. Walls keep things in order

James 3:17 MSG “You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.”

2 things.

  1. How to be authentic without being weird

1 Corinthians 2:1 “ Dear brothers, even when I first came to you I didn’t use lofty words and brilliant ideas to tell you God’s message…. Verse 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling.”

A. Am I sharing the right amount?

B. Am I sharing at the right time?

C. Am I sharing it for the right reasons?

1 Thessalonians 2:8 “ Because we loved you, we were happy to share not only God’s Good News with you, but even our own lives. You had become so dear to us!

2. How to respond when someone bares their soul

John 1:17
“grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

a. Close your mouth

James 1:19
tells us we should be “quick to listen and slow to speak”

b. Open your heart

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 TPT “My friends at Corinth, our hearts are wide open to you and we speak freely, holding nothing back from you. [12] If there is a block in our relationship, it is not with us, for we carry you in our hearts with great love, yet you still withhold your affections from us. [13] So I speak to you as our children. Make room in your hearts for us as we have done for you.

Romans 12:9 NLT “ Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.”

c. Offer a hand

Romans 12:13 “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

Proverbs 3:27 MSG “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.”

d. Plant your feet

Proverbs 17:17 “a friends loves at ALL TIMES”
NLT “A friend is always loyal”

Proverbs 18:24 MSG “A true friend sticks with you LIKE FAMILY”

My People: Why are we so lonely?

My People
Why are we so lonely?

Notice a few quick things that keep us from our people.

1. Culture of independence

2. Increase in Mobility

3. Rise in online activity

4. Crowded schedules

5. Risk of being hurt

So what do we do about all of this?

Then in
Genesis 2:18 “It is not good that man should be alone, I will create a helper”

4 things…

1. Proximity

Hebrews 10:24-25 “ And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

2. Authenticity

Genesis 2:25 “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

James 5:16  “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

3. Accountability

Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it. 16 The Lord God commanded him, “You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, 17 but you must not eat the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil. If you ever eat fruit from that tree, you will die!”

Hebrews 10:24 “let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”

Proverbs 27:17 “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Galatians 6:1 “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.”

James 5:19 “My brothers and sisters, if one of you wanders away from the truth, and someone helps that person come back, 20 remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner’s soul from death and will cause many sins to be forgiven.

4. Responsibility

Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”