The good news though is that we don't actually have to build
or create anything ourselves... Jesus said he will build his church.
Our discipline is staying focused on what God said he is focused on ("Seek first the kingdom and his righteousness..." - Matt 6:33) and being really vigilant against any distractions from that.
So keeping that in mind and being at peace in it all, let's expand our vision.
In 1 Timothy, Paul distinguishes between a religious deception that is 'taught by demons' and a real life of faith.
More and more I'm forming the opinion that religion is the greatest enemy to the life of the kingdom. I believe it's a deliberate counterfeit work of the enemy, intended to create a charade that looks like faith but, as Paul also writes, 'has a form of godliness but denies his power' (2 Tim 3:5).
So as we get ready to gather again, think about the challenge of finding a real, powerful, God-filled life of faith.
That is what we are seeking and we are aiming to build a community around expressions of that.
It means we will be enormously gracious to people but intolerant of 'religion'.
It means understanding religion as a counterfeit blasphemy that makes God look bad (think of the classic religious teachings on hell, heaven, rules, nature, food and drink, engaging with society, women and female equality etc).
Underneath all of that is a real kernal of gold that is
waiting to blossom into a giant tree in the kingdom that
will provide shelter for those around us (Matt 13).
That is what we are building. That is something pretty
exciting I think.
What do you reckon?
Look forward to the chat, the company, and the food!!
Bless you all heaps!