So as I stated in my last post I am working on a book and trying to focus on the missional movement of the church but also the direct connection with people and how important it is have community as a part of the missional process. As a society we have become very disconnected from people but this life that we live in Christ calls for us to directly connect and do life with people.
Let’s think about it…Acts 2:42-47 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Here is the connectional point…everyone was together, living life together, celebrating together, taking care of each other and yet today life has become a life of silos. Live for yourself, gain for yourself, do what you have to do to succeed in life for yourself. This life is supposed to be so different. God designed us to live life as one unit in love, compassion and forgiveness.
This past week as a part of this journey I talked to some random people in Chattanooga, TN. I was down there this past week for a memorial service for a friend of mine and so I decided to do a sampling while I was down there. I walked into a book store in downtown Chattanooga and in there was a woman working on yarn but she owned the store with all these amazing old books. I talked with her about life and she of course asked about my profession. Yes the pastor talk had to come out but what ensued after that was a conversation about church and church change. It was a great time together for about 20 minutes or so. Before leaving she mentioned her sister in another state that had not accepted Christ. It was in that moment that God said pray for her and her sister….so I did. We prayed, we cried and we agreed together that God would send the right person into her sister’s life.
What I learned was that God was in the business of connecting people together and this missional outlook for the church has to lean on building community with the lives of the people around us. It is almost imperative that we connect with people and in that reach people for the Gospel.