Everyday Church

“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,…” (Acts 2:46)

Since the late 1990’s, my observation has been that the Church “goes to temple” in the form of Sunday Morning gatherings, and possibly a midweek service of some kind.

We have lost the practice of breaking bread from house to house, however, and we need it back.

One big reason for knowing the needs of others was that these people were spending real time together and building close relationships.

This fit their culture well: The family structure at that time was the clan family, which included people who were related biologically or through marriage, friends, servants and strangers who attached themselves to a particular clan. That is why Mary and Joseph could be in caravan for three days before they realized Jesus was not with

them. As far as they knew, he was with Uncle Caleb or cousin Nathan and their friends. (see Luke 2:43-46)

The church is described in a few different ways now:

Family, community, fellowship…

One challenge with calling the Church “family” is that it does not fit our cultural norm, which makes this description a little hard to embrace.

Church as community might feel more comfortable, but it fails to call us to the deeper levels of relationship we need.

Fellowship is only one aspect of Church, making it a bit incomplete.

So, how do we become more relational? How do we move from being “Temple only” to believers who really engage with each other?

I will add comments to explore these and other questions. Meanwhile, I would love to hear from you.

What is “Church” to you?

Do you have ideas about how we can begin to “break bread each day?”

I have a couple of suggestions:

*One is to begin with relationships that make more sense to us. For me, that might be my neighborhood. For someone else, that might be a group of friends.

*Small groups might try being less structured, even if that is once a month.

*If only a couple of believers begin to meet and share; they might be able to invite others.

 

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About lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord Jesus...now, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

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