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.
This week, we continue a closer look at the New Testament church and what it means to be a community devoted “to the fellowship” (Acts 2:42). What is biblical fellowship and what are the theological implications for sharing life with others? And more importantly, how does the gospel intersect with our understanding of this new life together in community as a means of restoring life with God and others?
Questions for Discussion:
How might your “common life” with God have implications on your “common life” with other believers?
What are the common barriers to participating in the fellowship with the body of Christ?
How can we as a church community become a model fellowship for others?
As a next stop on our journey in defining biblical community, we’re closely examining the New Testament church. This week, we take a closer look at the first church in Acts 2 and what it means to be a community “devoted to the apostles’ teaching” and how we are continuing the practice at Restoration Church.
“The way of Jesus is to give priority to the biblical command over the tradition.”
The problem of rethinking church is that it has the potential to become a scary and upsetting endeavor. Everything is put on the table and questioned when we get serious about seeing our faith, the church, and the definition of what it means to be a follower of Jesus exclusively through the lens of Scripture.
“The Kingdom becomes a movement when disciples multiply.”
In this episode, learn what it’s going to take to re-ignite a Kingdom-movement in North America and how Restoration Church seeks to join Christ in His mission for the world. WATCH this week’s message from Pastor Matt on “Disciple-Multiplying” from our church-defining series, “Re:Defined”.
Do I see myself as having a role in the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God? What might that role be?
Schedule some time in silence and solitude (20-30 minutes is ideal). Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you on the topic of disciple-multiplying. Then listen. At the conclusion of your time with the Lord, what might you need to confess, repent of, change, or begin doing to be obedient to God’s will?
In this episode, learn how Restoration Church seeks to be a training center for disciples that share in the mission of Christ as messengers of the gospel. In other words, we are “messengers on mission”.
Do you see yourself having the same mission on earth as Christ was given, to share the message of the gospel?
What role have you played in the direct or indirect expansion of the Kingdom of God?
Have you experienced a season of apathy (indifference) to seeing the Kingdom of God expand?
How might you participate further in your calling as a ‘messenger on mission’?
How can you be more aware of God’s on-going work in the world?
Where is the Holy Spirit sending you as a ‘messenger on mission’?
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?”