Hey Church, We Are Family . . . (Do We Act Like It?)

Perhaps the church can learn from family . . .

The Bible teaches that church is family — a body of believers bound together in spiritual kinship.  Church is hearts connected in love for Christ and for one another.   The Biblical concept of church creates an atmosphere of community — mutual concern, caring, and affection.

When a family gathers, it is seldom formal.  Except for weddings and/or funerals, families usually meet in unprogrammed ways.  Family members are free to spontaneously flow in conversation and interaction with one another.

Much teaching happens in families, but little of it is in the form of lecture.  (Most parents have discovered that lecture is not very effective.)  Instead, parents teach more like Jesus did, by modeling thinking, speaking, and behaving.  All their interaction with their children is teaching and it comes out of real life happenings rather than from systematic lesson plans.

Can a church meeting function like an informal family gathering.  Yes indeed.  Read Acts and see family at work.

Would you like to experience a spontaneous, family-like church in action?  Drop by The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., N’ville, 37207 on Thurs. nights @ 6:30 and/or Sun. mornings @ 10:45.

 

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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6 Responses to Hey Church, We Are Family . . . (Do We Act Like It?)

  1. terry1954 says:

    i would drop in if i lived closer

  2. sherwood8028 says:

    We would be there if we lived closer. It is so sad that we have given over our church to the likes of those who have degrees, but whose thoughts are far removed from the every day happenings in this adventure we call – life!

  3. Pingback: Lifestyle (Real World) Christianity | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  4. Pingback: How to create community in church | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

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