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[Club Rules] Meetings

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Club Rules

Meetings

We’re spending a few weeks thinking about whether church is a club for Christians, with a set of rules that the members have to follow. Was this Jesus’ intention?

Today Dave talked about the most obvious part of belonging to a church – going to the Sunday service and a small group.

THE SUNDAY SERVICE

Sometimes we feel that the church service is indistinguishable from church itself.

  • Dave talked about the church ‘gathered’ and the church ‘scattered’.  Does this idea make sense to you?
    • Do you feel like you’re the church when you’re ‘scattered’ in your everyday life?
    •  Dave said our language shapes our mindset and we should try to stop calling the Sunday service ‘church’ – as in, “I’ll see you at church”.  Do you think this is worth doing or just being pedantic?

Dave suggested the church service was primarily for Exeter Vineyard Church people – with fuzzy edges; people who aren’t sure about God or aren’t sure about Exeter Vineyard.

  • Do you think this is a good group to focus on?
  • Do you think we achieve this? Does what we do on a Sunday morning work for that group of people?
  • Who else might we shape the Sunday service around?

 

  • What’s your favourite aspect of the Sunday service and why?
  • What’s your least favourite and why?
  • How does the answer to these two questions shape the way you respond, react, anticipate and reflect on each Sunday service?  Is this good?  Should you challenge yourself?

 

Dave gave four reasons that we meet. Can you remember them?

They were:

  • Ephesians 3:10 – “God’s manifold wisdom.” There’s something powerful and unique when people who are very different come together because of Jesus.
  • Acts 4:31 – “The meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” We expect God to be present and active with us when we meet. The service is like a retreat from everyday life, not an escape
  • Acts 14:27 – “They reported everything God had done.” We tell stories to build each other’s faith.
  • Hebrews 10:24-25 – “Motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” We meet to encourage each other to make a difference when we’re scattered around the city.

 

  • What other reasons can you think of that might be part of why we do Sunday services?

 

GATHERED TO SCATTER

Hebrews 10:24-25 says:

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

What acts of love and good works might your meeting tonight be encouraging you to do?  Take a moment to prayerfully wait to see if God is prompting you to do something as you go about your everyday life over the next few days.

You might want to think about these areas:  work / friends / family / neighbourhood / school.

Tell someone so they can ask you how it went – and encourage you not to forget about it!

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Posted on 30th September 2018
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