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IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT COMMUNITY, WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT AUTHENTICITY AND VULNERABILITY. IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT AUTHENTICITY AND VULNERABILITY, WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT SHAME.
Shame is the greatest barrier to community. If we can’t learn how to address shame properly, our churches and our small groups will struggle to grow into authentic and transparent communities that experience transformation at anything deeper than a surface level.
New - York - Times - Author - Brene
New York Times bestselling author Brene Brown has researched shame and its effects on relationships for more than a decade. According to Brown, guilt says I did something bad, while shame says I am bad.
Guilt correlates to our actions as bad. Shame correlates to our worth and identity as bad.
Perspective - Condemnation - Christ - Jesus - Rom
To put this in a biblical perspective, we know that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1), our value, worth and identity are all secured by the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19), and our sin, selfishness and stupidity are completely forgiven and we are in right standing before God (2 Cor. 6:21).
If shame is “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging,” then it has no part in the life of the believer, and no part in our small groups or our churches.
Response - Weight
What, then, are we to do in response to the weight of...
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