Comment to 'Window into a fellowship in Greensboro, NC'
  • Much, much to ponder here. All good.

    Warfare in the seen and unseen world rages around us. Injuries and casualties occur daily all around us. Some have even joined sides with the enemy. I need not remind others that the church in the west is in a notable decline. The verdict? Dreary meetings, collection plates and building programs are no longer relevant in today's world.

    But eating and meeting with others in a home setting - how much more relevant could it get?

    I appreciate the open-endedness of this 'window'. Too many churches have used their exact belief summary to inadvertently advance...  more division. Sure, as human beings we naturally desire to summarize and to remind ourselves of what is really important. But God does not require that we force our productions on others.

    Over the years, I've seen a few sad instances of folks in the house church circle attempt to start physical communities. It was expected that everyone was committed to the "vision" of the "leader". Things did not work and those who moved across country later regretted it.

    Today in China,  young people (and old) are chanting the words of a Virginian and devout Christian: "Give me liberty of give me death."

    Jess, thank you for this exciting update. North Carolina has a proud history regarding the love of freedom. "First in freedom" is one of their mottos. I recall years ago seeing this phrase on their license tags. They even had their own Declaration of independence prior to the one hammered out in Philadelphia. As you are aware.

    So. This isn't merely a 'window' into spiritual life - it is also a prescription for spiritual death on the local level and beyond.  Freedom is what Jesus offers. True freedom, though - not having it our way. It's about his way. Which is always the best way. And it should be demonstrated in the church first of all. 

    Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3

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    • “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

      Thank you very much for the encouraging words, David. You, and we, are not alone in the battle.

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