ACTS 20: DO WE REALLY NEED TO GATHER AGAIN AS A CHURCH?

READ “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. (Acts 20:7-8) THINK ‘Church is the people and not the meeting’, so the old adage goes. I guess this … Continue reading ACTS 20: DO WE REALLY NEED TO GATHER AGAIN AS A CHURCH?

Three Cheers for Repetition

This is a wonderfully thought provoking quote from James K.A. Smith’s book ‘You are what you love’: “…When you unhook worship form from mere expression, it also completely retools your understanding of repetition. If you think of worship as a bottom-up, expressive endeavor, repetition will seem insincere and inauthentic. But when you see worship as an invitation to a top-down encounter in which God is … Continue reading Three Cheers for Repetition

Worship shaped by the contours of God’s redemptive work

I want to encourage you to read the following quote slooooowly and then to reflect upon the implications for when churches gather… “We love God because he has revealed the gospel to us, so it is natural that our expression of love would be framed by the contours of his redemptive work. Worship is our love response to his loving provision, so nothing is more … Continue reading Worship shaped by the contours of God’s redemptive work

Acts 18: Heat and Light

READ He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately (Acts 18:26) THINK Today I want you to pause and consider this amazing verse. Picture the scene: Apollos (which you’ve got to admit, is a pretty cool name), is energetically and passionately preaching about Jesus!  … Continue reading Acts 18: Heat and Light

Doxological Evangelism

Here is a thoughtful quote on the importance of thinking carefully about the shape (some might even say structure) of our Sunday gatherings: “During his many years of fruitful ministry, noted churchman Edmund Clowney advised many to think of their corporate worship as “doxological evangelism.” His words were a reminder that true worship without evident gladness, awe, and security in God’s redemptive provision and providential … Continue reading Doxological Evangelism

ACTS 17: A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

READ “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also” (v16) THINK What an amazing claim! By chapter 17 in the book of Acts, the mission of the church had so impregnated the culture and communities around it that the accusation was able to be levelled at the church that they had “turned the world upside down” (I think a better … Continue reading ACTS 17: A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN