Great sermon on Christian community from Pastor Erik Bonkovsky of City Church of Richmond, Virginia. Passage of reference: Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37
Great article from Jon Huckins on intentional, missional, Christian community. Love it!
“For me, church had become a place that I drove to and “performed,” not a living organism that involved sharing daily life with fellow disciples seeking participation in the Mission of God. Instead of giving life, it drained me of life. I felt disconnected, depressed and alone.
The problem was that I had gotten really good at this version of church. In fact, it was less about the structure I happened to be part of and more about my unwillingness to step faithfully into a life that called me to embody the Church every moment of everyday. When I was finally willing, I didn’t even know what it looked like to live out the Church in this way. It was a paradigm I not only hadn’t mastered, but didn’t know existed…”
|—||Martin Luther King, Jr.|
Fifty years ago, as these three subtle threads were being woven into the American church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., serving as a prophetic voice, said this:
If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century…”