Carlsberg dont do church, but if they did………………..
Dunno what your experience of church / christian community has been, some positive, some indifferent, some negative i’m sure. But I can’t help wondering what would it be like if we re-captured something of the missional, self-sacrificing, relational core ethos of the early “Community of believers” we read of in Acts 2:42-47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
What if we re-captured something of the missional heart, gospel-centred, Christ glorifying way of life of those early believers.?
What if we stripped away the religious division, personal comfort, consumeristic, entertainment driven mindset that can easily become the basis of our fleshing out of Christian communities in the western church?
What if we were more concerned about the poor, the lost, the broken, the deprived than our buildings, our programmes, our numbers, our finances?
Can’t help but wondering…………….What If?……………..
JOHN STOTT – “You can’t blame the meat for going rotten, that’s what meat does. You blame the salt for not being there to preserve it.”
So how about we get out there and BE a missional people, living lives as missionaries in a pagan culture that we seek to redeem.