There's an awesome freedom in this but also an awesome challenge - as we set out on this new endeavour, can we really just focus on God together and letting the community of the kingdom emerge among us or will we give in to the temptation to try and control it and shape it ourselves?
Neil adds a further story: "When we went to Long Beach, California, to start a church, our first plan was to start a coffeehouse. God ruined our plans by suggesting to us that we go instead to the coffeehouses where lost people were already."
This is a great thing for us to consider as we aim to kick off a community of faith within the neighbourhood. How can we do this in a way this that really helps us serve the community and each other where we all live, rather than just starting a slightly closer-to-home church that we hope they will come to. The point here must be about enabling us to better go to them.
As Neil also writes, "We're not interested in starting a regional church but rather in making Jesus available to a whole region....We want to lower the bar of how church is done and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple."
I love this quote. Let this challenge marinate in you between now and when we next meet. See what the Holy Spirit stimulates in you