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CHURCH (GROWTH) HISTORY 4: Community

CHURCH (GROWTH) HISTORY 4: Community

Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding reception. He loved spending time with people at huge get-togethers, and He didn’t have the best reputation with the Pharisees because of it: they called him a ‘friend of sinners’.

The problem is, there aren’t many people (in fact any, except for Jesus Himself), who aren’t ‘sinners’, left to their own devices. And that includes people inside the Church, too.

Christianity is best done with others- and no one you meet is perfect.

But the fact that it’s designed as a community thing makes that its  strength. Church is a community that is marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control (in case you didn’t spot that, check out Galatians 5:22-23, the Fruit of the Spirit).

There’s a challenge in today’s reading. It’s a challenge for any of us who have gotten into the routine of going to Church every week (good habit, that). Are we adding to the generous, inclusive, welcoming atmosphere that makes the Church a breath of fresh air?

‘Out there’ in the world, it’s all too easy to find that most people have layers of masks that cover up the real thing. So, when the Church makes room for people to be real, without any hint of ChurchFace (*also known as act like your life’s great at Church or get judged*), it’s on to something. It’s time to do our part.

What Now?

Set a reminder on your phone for this Sunday to count the number of people who look a bit left out. Get to know one of those people; give them your full attention for that time, and see what happens.

‘The new wine is found in the cluster…’ Isaiah 65:8 NKJ

Joy Ferdiz

June 4th, 2014

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