All of this is about Jesus, and who we are in Him.
The night started with kids playing and Thomas giving an introduction to the evening. Nigel prayed for our tacos and our time. We then heard from Nigel and the Safe House Project. We moved on to a time of calibration, then communion led by Jeremy Penn. We ended our time in worship to Jesus. A lovely night all around. Read Thomas' thoughts on the night here: http://thezoeproject.net/church-isnt-a-building/
Follow Up Thoughts and Notes
Here are the slides for the talk I gave.
The scriptures I read at the end of the night: Genesis 12:1-3, Galatians 3:23-29, Romans 12, Colossians 1:15-28. All of it was the Message translation.
We want to include some of your written prose, poetry or musing. If you have already something you have written to be included in the booklet for the Unconference, please fill out this form: https://airtable.com/shrkPtbg7akAuInMZ It can be a blog post, a past presentation. Anything really.
Perhaps after hearing how we will organize the unconference you had a bit of inspiration. I already heard of one session idea that is amazing, that I would have never thought of, which is exactly why this format is so powerful. If you have an idea for a session, go ahead and fill out this form: https://airtable.com/shr5YBUmnHaV8nOIN Again, we are unsure of how many participants we will have so submissions the more the merrier, even if we can’t get to them all!
Feel free to sign up for email updates to the unconference here: https://cfl.church/unconference and share the link with anyone else that might benefit from coming.
The Apostolic Team Vision
We are in a time where the western church has franchised the gifts God has meant for us. We stream online teachers (because they are better, or we agree with more of what they say), we send our mentally troubled and depressed to Christian counselors, insteading of walking with them and confessing our sins to each other. We have traveling evangelists that present the gospel then move to the next town. Our prophets are writing books, because we stopped listening. And the apostles are starting para-church organizations because they are tired of waiting for the others in their church to act. These are signs of unhealthy churches and sickness. These are the gifts that God gave His church so that Genesis 12:1-3 could be realized. I am asking us to reconsider the Scriptures and how we respond to Jesus.
I am not saying that listening to sermons online, going to Christian counseling, asking people to attend an evangelical event, reading Christian books or being in para-church organizations are sinful acts. Churches that misuse or pervert those giftings are in sin. Please don't mistake that statement as judgmental. It is with the utmost grace and love that I say it; I am part of the sickness too.
Scriptures to read: Eph 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:13
This is where I took the visual from: http://www.theforgottenways.org/what-is-apest.aspx The book is worth reading if you are into that kind of thing.
Yet, this isn't about a method.
If you are in a place of financial abundance and care to give generously (not from guilt or obligation) please consider Jeremy, Uday and Nigel:
- Jeremy & Crystal Penn and the Crowded House Network.
- Uday and Estuary Cultures and Order of Bezalel.
- Nigel and the Safe House Project.
Further Reading Suggestions
- The Gospel of John
- The Book of Acts
- Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
The goal of the evening was to deepen our connection with Jesus and each other. We (I) have experienced a less-than-full Jesus, faith and church. Honestly, my apathy and disdain for effort has stunted the love I have for Jesus and His Bride. The conviction of that sin is being poured on me in great deluges at this point in my life. Sometimes, meeting in our homes and coffee shops, McDonald’s and dance clubs, it seems like a life of being in Jesus is still way too far away. The burden to call each other into His being is a never ending calling. It is a way of life, a new life. A new creation in Him. Yet, it is exactly the good work that He has prepared for us to do. See Philippians 2:1-16, paying special attention to verse 13.
Will you join in with me on living a life that is Christ in you?