Why Mission: Intimacy? Why is Freedom Connection setting aside one entire year (2015) devoted to the topic of authentic intimacy; the discovery of what it is, the obstacles that keep us from it, and the opportunities to grow in it? We believe the topic of authentic intimacy is core to our human existence and fulfilling the plans and purposes of God. [tweet_dis][/tweet_dis]Without these authentic relationships with God, spouse, family, friends and community, we will be left unfulfilled and missing God’s plan.
In Genesis 1:26 God tells us “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” God’s design for intimate relationship began at the beginning of time. This verse refers to what we often call the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is community, it is relationship. We were created to be part of that relationship and in that relationship with God. He also told us in Genesis 2:18 “It is not good for the man to be alone…” this verse is not just talking about marriage, but human connection and relationship. Consider when God spoke that it is not good for man (or woman) to be alone – this was before sin entered the world, it was when Adam had a perfect relationship with God and yet God told him it was not good for him to be alone.
You may want to ponder that for a moment.
When we are not fulfilling our God-given desires for relationship according to His plan, we become lonely, unfulfilled, disillusioned, addicted, or at best we live somewhat of a “normal” life, but not experiencing the abundant life (John 10:10) that God intended. God has a better plan, a better story!
We have many experts that will be joining us on this journey to bring us truth and practical ways to grow in intimacy. We will also dispel the lies and distortions of the enemy. Some of those lies are 1) you must be married to experience intimacy 2) sex is equal to intimacy 3) all I need is God alone, I don’t need other relationships 4) my spouse is the only relationship I need to be fulfilled.
As we begin this mission to discover God’s design for relationships, keep in mind that each type of relationship must flow out of our relationship with God. Our relationship with Him is absolute priority and needs to be the center of our life. That place in the center of our life is meant for God, and God alone. I cannot emphasize that enough. It is only out of our relationship with Him that we can cultivate deep, authentic, vulnerable relationship with others.
What is intimacy? Let me remind you of the definition we are using throughout this discussion. Intimacy is a mutual, intentional, close, safe, growing relationship where there is authenticity, transparency and vulnerability.
I am excited about this mission! [tweet_dis]Join me this year in discovering God’s design for relationships.[/tweet_dis]
I accept this mission! Will you?
Tammy L. Bunk
Join us tomorrow for our first guest contributor, Heather Zempel, who will share with us her thoughts on obstacles to intimacy in our community.
For the Mission: Intimacy overview, guide and to watch the introductory video, click here!