Recovering The forgotten ways. session 1 – setting the stage. ESCM sharing & discussion based on alan Hirsch's book. distance from “church” to people. Missiologist Ralph Winter’s “cultural distance”
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session 1 – setting the stage
ESCM sharing & discussion
based on alan Hirsch's book
“Practically, I’m toying with the idea of starting a network of gatherings that meet in homes in order to practice the commands of Scripture. They could watch sermons via DVD or have a leader give the lesson. They may even sing together. But the gatherings wouldn’t stop there. They would discuss how to live out the sermon in their neighborhood. They would also pray for each other. They would take communion and remind each other of the mission. They would meet the needs of the members of their group and their unsaved neighbors. Rather than coming to church, they would be the church—not in a sacred building, but in their neighborhoods. Occasionally, we could all gather in an auditorium or stadium to celebrate and worship collectively.” – Francis Chan, Cornerstone Simi Church
If we are to start a new church according to Jesus’ calling, name 3 to 5 things that are top priorities about how we should be doing church?
prayer culture (who is going to pray), romancing people into God (love for God and love for neighbor), redemptive- incarnation of God’s work (being Jesus there), less is more (make discicples), reaching out the neighbor – gospel in action (ex. Weekly appointment with the community), be there where the need is, acts 2:42-47 (you can read on your own), not human-focused, God-focused (thanks ada and howard), authenticity, teaching in situation and modelling (heal first, preach second), preparation (where, what community, need, what will you do after the harvest), how Christ think and how we are like Him, more mission, less meetings (CHEERS!!! APPLAUSE!!!), spirituality (filled with the Holy Spirit, Francis Chan calls Him the Forgotten God, wait! That’s the title of his book), grow in the Spirit and sense His power, gathering believers in a lifestyle of worship (not just the Sunday thing, but 24/7, includes prayer, word, praising, loving and serving one another). “Martha syndrome” (respond to God instead of feel guilty we aren’t doing enough), understand our calling to make disciples, wasted energy & resources (or they protect the building like fort knox), model a comfort/security of christianity vs. taking up the cross, public, not private.
Where do you want God to lead you in your church context in light of what you learned today, so that you will begin to capture the Mission of Jesus Christ again?