Growing Interpersonal Relationships
Ecclesiastes 4:11-3 "Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart."
Affirmation: It is important to affirm and encourage one another, build each other up in Christ, and help each other grow.
Availability: People's time, attention, insight, as well as material resources must be available to each other in order to meet needs and serve one another.
Prayer: It is said that a family that prays together stays together. The same is true of Mosaic groups. In every gathering make sure to set aside time for meaningful prayer. It is in praying for one another that each group member feels valued and understands their own worth. It is also encouraging to recognize how God is answering prayer in the lives of group members.
Openness: Promote openness and honesty within your group. It is important for group members to feel safe enough that they can share their feelings, struggles, joys and hurts. Authentic relationships can only take place in an environment of openness.
Honesty: The desire to be honest with each other is critical to authentic relationships. In order for trust to be built among the group remembers , they must practice speaking the truth in love, so that, "we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ" (Eph. 4:15)
Safety: Honest, open relationships must be guarded with an agreement of safety--that what is said in the group will remain confidential; that opinions will be respected and differences will be allowed.
Confidentiality: As part of the concept of safety, confidentiality promotes openness by promising that whatever is shared within the confines of the group will not be repeated elsewhere.
Sensitivity: A commitment to sensitivity to the needs, feelings, backgrounds, and current situations of other group members will help build relationships in the group.
Accountability. In authentic relationships, accountability is voluntary submission to another group member(s) for support, encouragement, and help in a particular area of your life, giving them some responsibility for assisting you in that area.
Evangelism: One of the greatest gifts we can give another person is the good news of eternal life through Jesus Christ. It's much easier to build a relationship with a brother in Christ.