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I think most of us would admit that the way that we develop and maintain healthy God- honoring relationships has greatly changed in the last few years. We live very busy lives and it is getting harder to take the time and make the commitment to build authentic relationships. In 2016, CNN reported that the average American spends over 10 hours a day (this number is growing) consuming media, which includes using our tablets, smartphones, personal computers, multimedia devices, video games, radios, DVDs, DVRs and TVs. This is just one of the many ways that our lives and the way that we relate to one another is changing.

However, in the midst of all this change, we need to realize that God has created and designed us to have a loving relationship with Himself and other human beings. In Genesis 1, we find out that all human beings have been created in God’s image or likeness. One of the aspects of being created in God’s image is relational. We have been created for relationships because God is relational, and He has designed us to run on relationships with Himself and others.

Let me give you an example:  Let’s say that you are the creator of the gasoline engine. You would know everything about that engine because you are the designer and creator and you would know how it works, what it runs on, how to fix it, and so on. Therefore, you wouldn’t put water or diesel fuel in the tank of that engine to make it run, because, as the creator, you know that it needs gasoline to make it run. And so it is with relationships and our Creator. We have been designed physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually to run on authentic/healthy, God- honoring relationships.

Also in Genesis 2, we find out that God has not designed any of us to be alone. We were not created to be alone, isolated or independent. We were created to Love God and Love others, which Jesus makes very clear in Mark 12 when He is asked what the greatest commandment is. Also, in John 15, Jesus talks about the vine and the branches, which is all about building God-honoring relationships, and this leads to complete joy in our lives.

At Gateway Church we are all about relationships. Our mission statement says that we exist to connect people to Jesus Christ and to one another, and one of the ways we do this is by encouraging people to get into Life Groups. The purpose of Life Groups at Gateway is to help people build healthy, God-honoring relationships, and we do this by emphasizing caring for one another, Word-based study and authentic healthy friendships.  

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