He and his family gathered together with some other believers (from several different churches) on a Tuesday evening. And, they gathered together in a barn behind someone’s house.
While his description of their meeting is very interesting, I was most encouraged by his final paragraph:
For many Christians. the location and setting of this meeting would have been disconcerting. It was at someone’s home, it was in the evening and it wasn’t really “churchy”. Even though we devoted ourselves to the same things the earliest church did (fellowship, breaking bread, prayers, teaching, i.e. Acts 2:42), it would seem strange, perhaps even uncomfortable. It is a grave concern of mine that so many of us are conditioned to a rigid view of not just how the church can meet but how the church must meet. We miss so many opportunities to be encouraged and edified by trying to box in the church.
This is a very good – and very true – observation.When we feel that the church is only the church when they are meeting at certain times or certain locations, then I think we misunderstand what it means to be the church.
What do you think?