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“What determines our brotherhood is what that man is by reason of Christ. Our community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us. This is true not merely at the beginning, as though in the course of time something else were to be added to our community; it remains so for all the future and to all eternity. I have community with others and I shall continue to have it only through Jesus Christ. The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us. We have one another only through Christ, but through Christ we do have one another, wholly, for eternity.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

Importance of Authenticity

Millennials value and promote authenticity.
We have some false perceptions that cause churches like ours to be labeled unauthentic.
Many groups form community around their sinfulness. We recognize that in ourselves but we gather “with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us. “
Adjusting to be like the culture would make us, as a blood bought church, less authentic than ever.

If we do not teach our kids and teens how to examine their own hearts they will very likely to be taught to deconstruct their faith as young adults..

Deconstruction—an academic term for the systematic pulling apart of the belief system you were raised in.
This is not a new trend, however, doing it openly is a new phenomenom
“I felt I had been lied to. For instance, what I learned from a book like To Kill a Mockingbird or Black Like Me contradicted the racism I encountered in church. I went through a period of reacting against everything I was taught and even discarding my faith. I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, an expansive world of beauty and goodness. Along the way I realized that God had been misrepresented to me. Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true.”

We do not become “authentic” but accepting all manner of sin but being by being consistent in our motive in pursuing holiness

Romans 14:1–5 (KJV 1900)
1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Persuaded of what?
Romans 14:6 (KJV 1900)
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

We will do what we do because we want to live unto the Lord.

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