Is a church a place where people gather once a week to sing songs and listen to someone talk about God, or does church refer to the people themselves, who share a common mission in the world? Maybe if we start to view church the way God designed it, the way Jesus modeled it, as a family loving each other and sharing all of life together, we might show the world a glimpse of who God is and so begin to impact the world as God intended.
The inverted church would be a church gathering birthed out of need from actually living the life of Jesus daily: serving, discipling, livinging missionally where your life calling is. Our life is a called life. It is where God has us; our work place, our neighborhood, our family, our leisure, or specific calling to serve a people. Eliminate the tension of church life and life life. No program; life. What if the gathering was based on the rhythm of Jesus meaning a sabbath day, an actual day of rest, culminating in a community meal, fellowship, sharing, celebrating, an encouraging word, prayer, and communion? What if the gathering was a communal response to a life being lived? What if pastors/leaders were able to put their efforts and energy through inviting, modeling, shepherding, equipping, empowering, and encouraging via discipleship/coaching as people live missionally out of their life?
People in my world no longer have the time to live life in our culture and live a life in a church culture. We are being pulled in too many directions. Jesus said we can’t serve 2 masters; you love one and despise the other. Jesus invited us into a Kingdom life; one redeeming life of love, community, freedom, and mission. This is happening throughout the world; my desire is to see this in my world where we work, live and play.
If you want to engage with me in this, let’s keep talking and prayerfully move beyond talking and live into One Life in Jesus.