Finding Church Finding Church

Finishing Up Our Discussion

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

We began our book discussion in May of 2016 and through my travel, surgeries, and other places God invited my life, we’ve finally arrived at the end. Today I posted the categories for the last two chapters.  Feel free to participate there if you want. This board will stay up as others may just want to start from the beginning and work their way through. I will continue to monitor this discussion and contribute where I think my thoughts might be helpful. This discussion has been all I hoped it would be and more. I’m grateful for those of you who have read and participated as you have processed this material in your own journey.

Chapter 21: The Difficult Questions answers a series of practical questions I’ve been asked over the years about people who do not attend a local fellowship or trying to develop a house church. These questions are the ones people face when they embrace a more relational view of the church and realize they won’t have the same mechanisms they have become accustomed to. Instead they will have to depend on the Spirit and let him guide them in their life with him, their fellowship with others, and their service to the world.

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In this chapter I put all the practical questions I’ve been asked over the years about people who do not attend a local fellowship or trying to develop a house church. These questions are the ones people face when they embrace a more relational view of the church and realize they won’t have the same mechanisms they have become accustomed to. Instead they will have to depend on the Spirit and let him guide them in their life with him, their fellowship with others, and their service to the world.

Chapter 22: To Be Continued, the final chapter, is simply wraps up the book and encourages people to take the risk to follow the Lamb however he might lead them.

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Finding church is not a matter of locating a group of Christians you enjoy and joining in. I’ve said all along that his church is the fruit borne among the lives of those who are learning to live in his love and follow his voice. To find her you have to embrace him and discover how to live and think alongside others in the new creation. This is not a process we control; we can only follow him each day as we trust him to connect the dots.

That’s why I hope this book inspires a broader conversation of men and women who are passionate about his kingdom and are willing to look beyond our differences to the common unity we have simply because we are children of the same Father. I hope people in subsequent generations will engage the dialogue and build on it, taking it further than my generation has.

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There’s no need to start a revolution here and rail against the religious institutions of our day, decrying anyone who disagrees with us as legalists.  I hope my words in this book have invited you into a quieter space, where you can see that the problem isn’t our institutions or those who run them, but simply because we’re not living as inhabitants of a new creation. We don’t need to fight against what doesn’t reflect him, but find a way to walk with others that does. Once we see the church as the fruit of his working rather than the fruit of ours, we can be more focused on getting to know him and letting his church unfold in loving people around us.

You can find the discussion board here and see the list of topics we’ve covered. You can start at Chapter 1 and work your way through, or just join us in Chapter 20.

 

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