As I’ve been working on church planting, one thing I’ve realized is that the concept of church has to start with God’s heart (mission) for humanity and this world.
If you’ve grown up in church, then sometimes the language of what church is about seems familiar and “known”.
But I’ve noticed that I’ve taken the reality of Church for granted.
What is the purpose of a church?
Why would someone make a decision to be a part of one?
What is God’s heart towards the Church at large and local church?
What is our role in God’s mission for our local city and the world?
What is the work of the church?
I’m not interested in planting another Sunday service in Oceanside. I’d just really like to worship with others, be reminded of who God is and how I might respond in faithfulness.
I’m interested in partnering with others to grow up to be like Christ in life, words, actions, and relationships.
And I’m interested in doing the work of Jesus via the church with others, learning from each other as we submit to the Lordship of Christ.
I don’t have the darnest clue of how to gather folks to figure this out. But I’m praying that the Holy Spirit is at work in the small seed of desire to be an incarnational presence in our city.