Saturday, January 5, 2013
We like to schedule when we get together. In my culture/circle, people don't just drop by uninvited. Growing up in the country I remember it was common for people to just knock on someone's door and stop by for coffee/tea and a short visit. We have experienced this on some visits with friends in Mexico too. We have just gone to people's homes, they have welcomed us in, and we have visited, shared some Scripture, shared our testimonies, and more. But where I live - we like to schedule when we get together with people.
We also like to schedule what we do when we get together. Sometimes we invite one or two families over for dinner. Sometimes we invite larger groups over, order pizza, have a bonfire, or just hanging out. Sometimes we invite people to go with us for a bike ride, skating, or some activity. Sometimes we invite people to come to our home to study the Bible. Sometimes we get together with the purpose of prayer. Other times we get together with believers for the purpose of singing and listening to a sermon. I suspect people like to know what they are going to do when they get together before they decide to show up.
I am thinking about the gatherings that we plan. I am wondering if it is possible to have more spiritual purpose whenever I get together with other believers. For example, if we invite a family over for dinner, what is stopping us from sharing some Scripture and spending some time in prayer. What about music? I suspect this may create some awkward moments.
I can't help wonder how it was for the early church.
Maybe we need to first answer why we gather as believers. A blogger brother Alan Knox has focused his studies on the topic of the gatherings of the church in Scripture. His post today is on this topic:
Alan concludes that according to Paul, every gathering of the church (people) should have the goal of mutual edification.
So as I think of the many different get together I have with other believers. How can I engage in building each other up to become more like Christ? Some activities and settings may be more suited to this than others, but I don't know if there are any settings where this goal should be ignored.
I also realize this is a different way of looking at gatherings of the church than most of my brothers and sisters are used to. I should proceed with some sensitivity and care.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.