In the final message of our series on Defining Community, we examine the outcome of biblical community life: Growth! Healthy growth comes out of healthy community life that actively lives on mission in the world. We’ll also examine the common “threats to community” that undermine that mission and its solution: devoting our lives to Jesus Christ and bringing glory to God in all things.
A New Testament church is a community of devoted followers of Jesus who pray – together! Not only is prayer a common practice for common life, but it’s also a means of powerful transformation and restoration. The Kingdom of God is made real and breaks into darkness when the community of the faithful come together and prays over hardships, illness, and sin. A community of prayer is not a community with good sentiments, but a community with real power.
The early church loved to eat together! But their feasts were more than after-service potlucks for the purpose of socializing. For them, table fellowship was a tangible expression of the gospel and the presence of Christ among them, rooted in the historical roots of God’s redemptive plan for all people. This week, we’re examining the practice of “breaking bread” together and why – in its purest form – is the central, unifying participatory act of creating and cultivating authentic fellowship and worship in a discipleship community.
At Restoration Church we are inviting people to have an encounter with the living God by responding to the call to follow Jesus Christ and experience real spiritual transformation. We are everyday disciples of Jesus that are always learning, always growing, and always going.
Have I responded to the call to follow Jesus Christ?
Have I experienced a real spiritual transformation?
Have I been baptized?
Am I apart of an authentic discipleship community?
Am I sharing the gift of a new life in Jesus with others?
Pray: “Lord, where do I need to grow, be challenged, or begin obeying all that you have commanded me?”
If love is the defining outcome of the gospel, shouldn’t it be the defining mark of what it means to be a Christian?
In this passionate end-of-year message, Pastor Matt looks at the growing crisis in the Evangelical Church, invites his listeners to take an honest assessment of themselves, and provides a redemptive pathway forward for the Church and the world that Christ has come to save.