Church is more than a Sunday meeting

Acts 2:42-47 (esv)

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. [1]

Imagine a small group of believers between 7-12 sitting around a living room, sharing a meal together, loving one another, speaking words of encouragement and faith and sharing the wisdom of Scripture.  Imagine hearing how one person has applied that wisdom to their own life, and then you hear another person speak of how they need to apply the wisdom to theirs.  The gathering ends with a time of prayer as each person seeks the face of God for the welfare of the others.  A sense of peace, power and expectancy fills the room as the Holy Spirit sweetly sweeps over their heads. 

What I just described to you may sound like a romantic picture of the early Church but, in reality it is the very experience I had in Adams Minnesota in December as I attended a house gathering I was invited to by Arlen and Sharron. 

A Church is not a Sunday meeting a Church is a family made up those who have been called by God and have responded in obedience.  A people dedicated to the Word, fellowship, and prayer.  The Church is a place where Life is given, shared and felt. 

Last year I introduced the idea of Life groups to the church.  I know some of you have been participating and from what I hear some of you are experiencing the wonders of God.  Yet there are many in the church who are not participating in these life groups.  I am sure there are many reasons as to why.  Maybe, there is not one that fits your schedule, maybe you are unsure what it is, it could also be that you simply see it as a program pastor is starting and you do not want to share in it.  But let me say this.  I am not starting a program, I am rather trying to move us into a more Biblical pattern of the Church. 

What a Life group is not: 

A Life group is not simply a Bible study.  This may be hard to understand being that over the last 100 years we in the West have made the main point of our faith be memorization.  But the Life group is not a Bible study.  Yes the Life group is dedicated to the Word but, being dedicated to the Word is not a Bible study.  I am dedicated to my wife but, trust me if set there and simply studied her she would get a little nervous. 

What a Life group is:  A life group is just that a group of believers that gather weekly (Any time, or day is fine) to fulfill Acts 2:42-47.  A life group gathers to be dedicated to the Word (Learn it and help one another apply it).  It is a group that becomes as close as family, praying, sharing, eating, playing, and being there for one another.  A Life group is the setting real discipleship takes place. 

If you honestly want to become more like Jesus then you need to be part of a Life group. 

If there is not a Life group that is currently meeting that will fit in your schedule please let me know.  We will immediately create on that will work for you or find a way that you will be able to participate in some fashion. 

The long missing ingredient of the Church has been intimate fellowship; where iron sharpens iron and man sharpens man.  I encourage you seek God and seek a Life group. 

After all we all want to be more than a building and more than a weekly meeting.  We all want to be a river of life for our communities and towns.  Join a Life group today!

 

Life Groups

Osage – Currently we have one that is meeting on Wednesday night and is now moving to Alan and Cheryl Adams.  I would like to see at least 2 or 3 Life groups active in Osage.

Riceville – Wednesday night at 7 pm at Bill and Karen Owen’s home. 

Carpenter – Friday 11 a.m. at Richard and Julie Lindley. 

Charles City – 1st Sunday of each month starting in June 5 pm

 

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ac 2:42–47). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.