My perception of church has changed


I’ve been on a journey for over 10 years investigating simple expressions of church.  Over those years my thinking has evolved and where I find myself is in a very different place than where I started.  When I started “simple church” was a church based around a better type of meeting.  While small meetings are better for somethings I’d say deprecating the event in favour of building relationships has revolutionized my whole concept of church and even the gospel.  The rhythms of a communal life changed my perception and now conventional ministry seems very foreign to me.

1Cor 8:1b “But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.”

That little snippet doesn’t say it all, but it says enough.  We gear almost everything we do to acquire more knowledge.  We gauge our success at how many people we accumulate to hear our knowledge, or are willing to pay to hear us speak or see the words we write.  The kicker I can write this and it becomes just another item flowing down the stream in and our of people’s conscious minds.  The only way people understand the value of love is to experience it.  Now that I have what so many other people care so much about seems irrelevant.

 

 

  1. #1 by Dave King on February 21, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Yay. I’m preaching in a week that the heart of the Gospel is “Love one another as I have loved you.” It is the new commandment from John, that in John takes the place of the covenant language from the other gospels. So the new Covenant for which Jesus shed his blood is “Love one another as I have loved you” Everything else is secondary. Queue Paul “If I have… but do not love…”

    - Peace

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