This message was delivered by Andrew Thomas, church planter in Cambodia.
The early church was a group of ordinary people. They hung out day by day.
Church is to be enjoyed not endured.
“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity —”
??Acts of the Apostles? ?2:46? ?NLT??
Church is big not small.
“all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
??Acts of the Apostles? ?2:47? ?NLT??
Church is small enough to be family.
Church is not you it’s them – We are reaching out to others.
Intimate – where we know God and each other. A family.
Inclusive – an intimate family where everyone is welcome. People are allowed to come. We have to be deliberate at being inclusive. You belong before you believe. Spark a conversation with your neighbour, your work colleague.
Invested – people invest their time and resource for the church because they have purpose.
“Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.”
“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.”
??Ephesians? ?2:16-22? ?MSG??
We all belong.