I find myself in a quandary: I thoroughly believe in gathering together as believers. Scripture seems to describe two different venues for this: “Temple” (Sunday Morning Church would be our equivalent) and “breaking bread from house to house”.
We have lost the second one for the most part. Oh, I know: There are small groups, Wednesday Night gatherings…but gathering just to be with each other doesn’t really happen.
I have tried to have gatherings in my home, but very few people engage…
Sunday Morning Church is largely uninspired and, quite frankly, boring for me.
So, here’s my thought. Below is a survey. I would like to hear about your desires and experiences:
1. What works for you?
a. “Just let me go to Church on Sunday Morning; don’t bother me the rest of the week.”
b. “I would thoroughly enjoy a small gathering where people really get to know me and I get to know them.”
c. “Sunday Morning gathering is richer when I have had contact with believers during the week.”
d. “I would rather meet with people who don’t go to the same Church as I do for my small group.”
e. “I want my small roup or midweek service to be with those who go to the same Church as I.”
2. Church is:
c. An institution.
3. Church should be:
a. run by clergy only.
b. A place where all believers use and strengthen their gifts.
c. Elder run.
d. Forget all that; just gather and have fun.
4. What makes “successful” Church gatherings to you?
a. A good sermon.
b. Beautiful music.
c. Rowdy, upbeat worship.
d. Good coffee and cookies afterward.
e. Good fellowship hour.
5. Do you have questions or comments?
I have dedicated this site to declaring God’s absolute and intimate love for each person. This message has become my passion.
So here’s a question:
Why is this so important?
God loves you; so what? How has knowing His complete and profound love for you made a difference in your life?
I can think of at least a few ways in which I have been impacted by this knowledge:
*I strive much less now: I act and serve BECAUSE I am loved; not in order to earn God’s approval or affection.
*Knowing that Papa God loves me; that I am precious to him gives me security: Things can happen that normally might upset me; people can say things that are less than complimentary: I’m okay because Daddy loves me.
*I have more to give: I get filled up first; then share what I have. This way beats the religious approach of trying to come up with answers or “ministry” on my own!
*I expect more from God: His goodness is far greater than anything I could ever imagine. Trusting His regard for me has opened my heart to Him.
Now it’s your turn. I am hoping to hear from you!