Since love drives our relationships, our first concern in relation to meeting times can not be personal convenience. That said, there has got to be an element of self-aware realism. Committing to church at a time that will be squeezed out three out of four weeks by the circumstances of life is hardly a good option.
The missionary thought process is the one to pursue as we consider our big church and small church meetings. How can the meeting time we choose best serve the others in the group that God will gather? Families, city workers, shift workers, students… this is something in relation to which we need to bear with one another as we plan our larger gathering and as we work out options in terms of time and venue for small group gatherings.
Sunday mornings are looking likely for big church. As for small churches, we have huge flexibility as we become all things to all people that we might love one another and all.
I really enjoyed it!
Mostly because I love you guys and it was just a pleasure to spend an evening together. Even better, we got to dream and pray about what our good and generous God may do in and through us both westside and southside.
It was good to hear the reality of the hard work involved sink in but not sink enthusiasm.
It was also a joy to hear the excitement about the possibilities, the newness of it all… and the prospect of looking back in two, three… five years and considering with thankfulness what God has done. (Always a good thing to do!)
There is much to nail down in terms of shape—partly because we don’t know what we’re going to look like as a launch team. But our shape must be love! It must be love because that is God’s purpose for us, it is what he brings about by his Spirit, it is the mark by which we are recognised as Jesus’ people, it is God’s desire for our relationships with those around us, it commends the gospel as we increase and abound in love for one another and for all.
Pray God we get to see him demonstrate his sovereign mercy to many as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus who rescues us from the wrath to come.