Some great comments on yesterday's blog on how people are being impacted by all that is going on in the life of the church. You can read the comments here - why not leave your own comment if you've got anything to add.
I wonder how you are stepping outside your comfort zone? Well yesterday Lisa Rutland was way outside hers as she went to court for the first time with a CAP client to try and stop them from being evicted - I'd have been scared witless! The bottom line was that the Judge ruled in the clients favour and they are no longer going to be evicted next Wednesday. The Judge said something along the lines that without the involvement of CAP the client would have been evicted. Isn't it great all that goes on under the banner of Kerith in the Community and that it's making a genuine difference in peoples lives. Take time to encourage Lisa next time you see her, and anyone else you know involved in our community outreach as sometimes it can be really hard work and they need all the encouragement they can get.
Hope you have a great time with today's chapter. I was looking at the message for Sunday morning today and reckon we're in for another great week next week with The Purpose Driven Life.
Life is meant to be shared!
“Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace.” Colossians 3:15 (CEV)
God intends for us to experience life together. The Bible calls this shared experience fellowship. “Fellowship” now usually refers to casual conversation, socializing, food, and fun. The question, “Where do you fellowship?” means “Where do you attend church?” “Stay after for fellowship” usually means “Wait for refreshments.”
Real fellowship is so much more than just showing up at services. It is experiencing life together. It includes unselfish loving, honest sharing, practical serving, sacrificial giving, sympathetic comforting, and all the other “one another” commands found in the New Testament.
The Body of Christ, like your own body, is really a collection of many small cells. The life of the Body of Christ, like your body, is contained in the cells. For this reason, every Christian needs to be involved in a small group within their church, whether is it a home fellowship group, a Sunday school class, or a Bible study.
The Bible says, “If we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other… If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves.” 1 John 1:7-8 (NCV)
The world thinks intimacy occurs in the dark, but God says it happens in the light. Darkness is used to hide our hurts, faults, fears, failures, and flaws. But in the light, we bring them all out into the open and admit who we really are. You were created for community.