Posted by: Chris Hoskins | February 12, 2009

J.John: Church as community:

I was at a day conference hosted by souled out yesterday. It was a conference on Evangelism and the Church, led by J.John. It was a really good day with some fantastic teaching and thought provoking questions being put out there by J.John. His teaching was a based on a pamphlet the charity he wroks with produced titled: Church as a community….instead of trying to re-package what he said, let me share his basic points with you

Church as a community….
…..of prayer:

“..and will give our attention to prayer….” Acts 6:4
‘Prayer is the first thing,the second thing, the third thing necesary to a servant of Jesus Christ. Pray then….pray,pray,pray’  Edward Payson

..of Praise and Worship…

“…..As they began to sing and praise….” 2 Chronicles 20:22

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26

The Holy Spirit inpires God’s people and releases them to praise which glorifies Him. This can be informal or it can be done in creative liturgy.

….of Belonging…..

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

The Holy Spirit creates a community of trust where we are committed to one another.

…of Healing…

“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” James 5: 14-15

The Holy Spirit moves in healing within the local Church

…of Growth in Holiness….

“..but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.” Hebrews 12:10

The renewing Holy Spirit is always the Spirit of Holiness creating a ‘holy people’. The local Church prepares people to live morally and ethically during the week.

…of Compassion, Concern and Care….

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..” James 1:27

Our Sociology has to reflect our Theology. Loving God and our neighbours (and enemies!) has to be validated in action.

…where God’s gifts are given and used….

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

The Holy Spirit enables each person to receive, discover and to use his/her gifts for the building up of the body. This can be reflected in worship, welfare and witness.

…of Preaching and Teaching…

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17

‘The highest service that we may attain on earth is to preach the word of God. And for this cause Jesus left other works and occupied Himself mostly in preaching and thus did His apostles’  John Wycliffe

…of Welcome and Witness….

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

The Lord gives us His Spirit, so that we have the freedom and the authority to bring Christ to others. It is the task of Christians to be witnesses.

Like I said, these are just short bits that formed the basis of what J.John was saying…any thoughts?

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Responses

  1. It’s funny, these are the same things I am talking about on my site, http://eyesofhope.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/doing-church/

    I think the Church at large is trying to figure this thing out. Have you read “Pagan Christianity” by Frank Viola yet? It is a must read, with a “Reimagining Church” follow-up

  2. community: from the latin com (common) munis (defences). Strangely violent, actually.


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