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After talking for the last several weeks about seeing some of God’s purposes in being the church scattered, it is time to pivot to what it means to be the church gathered. This introductory talk poses a lot of challenging questions to us about taking initiative and responsibility for our faith. It also makes clear that the most important goal we have when we gather is to nurture a place where the life of Christ can be expressed in our midst.
SCRIPTURES, QUOTES AND COMMENTS
And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sister, regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living. Indeed we felt as if the sentence of death had been passed against us, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. He delivered us from so great a risk of death, and he will deliver us. We have set our hope on him that he will deliver us yet again.
1 Corinthians 1:7-10 NET
Acts 2:42-47 NETThey were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Reverential awe came over everyone, and many wonders and miraculous signs came about by the apostles. All who believed were together and held everything in common, and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need. Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts, praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved.
1 Corinthians 14:26When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church.
Romans 15:14 NETBut I myself am fully convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,[l] that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
Hebrews 10:24-25 NETTake thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.
DISCUSSION & REFLECTIONHow do you imagine “revival” might look like in the church today, under the current circumstances?
How do you feel about taking initiative for the development of your own faith? What reasons do you give for not doing so?
There were several questions offered as examples of the DNA of Christ expressing itself in you. Which one seemed to resonate or pierce you the most?
Where will you begin to plant yourself and begin to grow where you are?
Which group of people will you be considering how to spur on to love and good deeds? Which people will do the same for you? What children in your life need speaking into about the ways of the Lord? Whose children do you know who need a different or additional adult than their parents to encourage them in those ways?
Who can you be hospitable to right now based on your current situation and in what way?
TAKE ACTIONIf there are attitudes you need to repent of, or maybe we as a church need to collectively repent of, this is a right place to do so.
Who might you strengthen, encourage, comfort and instruct this week?
Who has situational challenges that keeps them from logging in, tuning in, or showing up that you could call or visit to relay the essence of what the Lord is saying to you?