What is the common perception of church and how should we look at church? (click the link to see the video)
- They think of a building.
- They think of a meeting.
- Church is dynamic, it’s the people of God, they’ve been called by the gospel to live under the reign of Christ in the power of the Spirit who love one another, serve one another, share their lives together, and do so openly before the world so that non-Christians might see, and be intrigued and enticed, by this gospel community living out this gospel word.
What Does Gospel-Centered Community Look Like? (click the link to see the video)
- They are aware of who they are.
- They live by their realization of their sin, and their acceptance in Christ alone.
- They’re aware of the Spirit’s power and presence
- They encourage each other with the gospel. They apply and hold each other accountable to the gospel.
- They live ordinary life with gospel intentionality and so they aren’t satisfied unless they are engaging non-Christians and introducing them to their community
- They’re believing the gospel day after day, repenting daily, and rejoicing daily because of the gospel.
You can read the whole article on Steve Timmis on the Nature of the Local Church. In the article Timmis is quoted saying,
“What we want to do is equip the people not to be theologically smart so that they can pass exams, but people who are intentionally godly, who are radically godly in how they live their lives,” he said. “So, we have got to place as much emphasis upon Bible learning as we have upon Bible teaching. We have been satisfied with preaching a good sermon. We have told the Bible well and we go home and we have a sense of satisfaction, patting ourselves on the back and that is just very dangerous. We have got to find a way to take that word and massage it deep into people’s lives so it changes life.”