If you were at Bethany Community Church today, you heard me speak about the four pillars of the church, the four things to which we must commit above all else. We're called to commit to:
1. receiving teaching
2. pursuing fellowship with other Christians
3. meeting Christ in Communion
Here are some questions, for both a virtual discussion, and for Bethany small groups. Feel free to comment because your observations help determine how best to structure our life together in order to assure access to these critical pillars of church life.
1. Which pillar is most challenging for you? Why?
2. Which comes most naturally? Why?
3. What can be done to facilitate these important practices in our life together?
Like food for soil, these elements provide a context for our transformation, health, and fruitfulness. They're surprisingly simple, but church history reveals that we continually struggle with building these elements into our lives, and our life together. I hope and pray that 2009 will result in a greater grounding in each of these disciplines, both for individuals and for churches.
I'm off to Fresno to help my 89 year old mom in a major transition. I'll appreciate your prayers for strength and wisdom through the week, and I'll fly home next Saturday.