Friday, February 7, 2014

What Is Church More Like?

The following email went out yesterday evening.

Church Study Group and others -  (feel free to share this! Anyone who is a part of Crossroads and is a man or woman of prayer and Bible study is invited to come...)

Good evening friends, brother and sisters.  And good morning to those who receive this tomorrow!

This will serve as a reminder of this Saturday morning's study - 7:30 - 9:00 AM.

We have been considering the question of "What is the Church More Like..."  Attached (click here) please find a slightly updated version of a handout that we've been looking at.  (I can send it to you as a .doc file if that's more helpful.  Let me know.)

The questions at the top [of the handout] are key -- When it comes to what the church is "more like" (under the various categories) we are asking the following questions:

What Does the Bible Say?
What have we experienced?

Which direction is God calling us?

How will we get there?  How will we bring people along?

We've been looking at some Biblical analogies for the church... this week I'd like us to consider the chapter that one of Frank Viola's critics says is his most helpful - chapter 5 about the church as "The Family of God."  Please read it ahead of time if you can.  If you don't have a copy let me know and I'll send it to you.

Once we come to a consensus about what the Bible says about the church, consider what we have experienced (recently and in the past), we can ask "which direction is God calling us" and then move to the strategic questions "How will we get there?" and "How will we bring people along?"  Those last two questions will involve the discussion of leadership.

Looking forward to seeing you!  Pray for the enlightenment and peace of the Holy Spirit.

Steve Thorson
Crossroads Community Church, Cokato

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