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“Gather the people. Tell the Story. Break the bread.”
This week we concluded our beginning series which seeked to examine origin stories within the Bible in hopes inspiring new beginnings of being within our own lives. We examined the beginning of the church through the lens of text, context, question, and practices, wondering what qualified the start of the church and why? The text we shared together was Acts 7, where Stephen exposes Saul and the empire for doing to Jesus what had been done to all the prophets before him. Consequently, Saul stoned Stephen and begins a great persecution of all the followers of Jesus. The context of this persecution was from Acts 2, where Jesus leaves his disciples with the mission to go into the nations, point to the people, and tell them that the unconditional life of the kingdom of God is already within them. Jesus asks that they go show the people this way; instead they stay where they are, safe amongst the familiarity of Jerusalem. So the question asked was, “What had started?” They had been given one job by Jesus: go to the people and identify the unconditional life within them. Yet, they stayed, and in turn the work of Jesus did not begin until it was met with the struggle of persecution. We contemplated how new things sometimes aren’t able to be identified as changed until they are met with confrontation, and this framed how we might be inspired to practice together.
We thought of practicing resisting nouns for verbs. The church is not a thing that can be reduced to a singular time, place, or spiritual experience, but rather is a way of being that exists through our interaction with one another. The church is contingent on community, on questioning our questions, and pondering together the message of Jesus; opposed to seeking the right answers about Jesus. In this community, there will be struggle. We as people will always prefer comfort, but struggles will come, and when they do we must strive to keep our fear at bay, reminding ourselves that those around us are not our enemy, and struggle together. We imagined creating contentment without complacency, imploring ourselves to wonder how we can embody who we are when we are together, beyond the walls of the room in which it makes total sense. Envisioning how we can create the way of being beyond Collective’s space, we examined what we hate, and challenged each other to think deeply about them with ruthless honesty. Saul was an example of a man who hated. He loathed the message of Jesus and the followers in its movement; yet, he eventually became one through examining his own hate. We concluded with the idea that we don’t need a single narrative to justify why we gather as a church. The narratives are a servant to the practice of gathering we already know is good, inviting us to live within something and be transformed. When we gather, the narratives of all people are important, and no one will ever be turned away.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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