While walking into McKay Books in Nashville on May 5, I saw a book, New Day, on top of the free-bin & grabbed it. YOU WON’T BELIEVE THESE QUOTES FROM IT THAT CONFIRM WHAT WE DO AT THE SALVATION ARMY BERRY STREET!
–“Recover the original purpose of the Christian assemblies–which is not found in rituals or ritualism, but is instead found in the commitment to build up one another in love.”
–“What we call ‘worship services’ they called ‘gatherings,’ ‘assemblies,’ or just ‘fellowship.’ And this matters because the two concepts imply very different things.”
–“When we restore our assemblies to their original purpose of building up, teaching, and encouraging each other, awesome things can happen.”
–“The assemblies can be intimate and almost like a round table . . . to maximize the horizontal purposes of the gathering.”
–“When I say they met together in devotion and fellowship, you think one thing. When I say they met together for a worship service, you think another. The former is biblical. The latter is not in the Bible. The former implies a sharing environment, give and take, fluidity, joy, fewer rules. It is horizontal–about building up one another. The latter implies a stiff environment, a program, rituals, ceremony, lots of rules. The latter is vertical–about performing sacred acts before God. The former is in the New Testament. The latter is not.” (Learn more about “Christian assemblies” at this link.)
I posted the above on Facebook. Later someone posted this comment:
“I’ve seen your posts for years, and have never seen anything about McKay. Today was the first time I had ever been there. Took a 4 hour round trip just to go there and it was almost like a spiritual experience for me. And then as soon as I get home I get a notification about this post.”
I love how God does incredible things like that, that are so against normal odds of ever happening, and you know it can only be God’s work and His timing. Perhaps your reading this post is something God has done.
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