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Everyday Church? 

If you were able to compare the first church (Jerusalem, 33AD) and the current church (Britain 2016), I wonder if you would think they really were the same church.

Christianity today can seem like a completely different species from the accounts of those first converts.  Some explain this away saying that the first century was a 'Golden Era' of the church - basically things were better than we could ever hope for today.  However, we can't argue that from Scripture.  We believe that the same power, the same commission, the same unity that made that church so wonderfully attractive, so dramatically influential and so naturally fruitful, is also available to us today.

We also believe that Jesus great assurance that '[He] will build [His] church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it' is as true today as when it was first spoken. So if we can't argue for a lesser age of the church or a diminished call or anointing, we need to consider how we are living out the call and how we are moving in that anointing.

Have we made church into a Sunday morning activity - a holy two hours in an otherwise unchanged week?  Have we redefined church as a weekly service when the Bible would call it 'a community of believers devoted to God, each other and the lost'?  Have we boxed the Spirit of God into one hall once a week?

This September, as a church, I would like us to break free of those self-imposed constraints and those comforting prison walls - as we look together at the 'Everyday Church'.  Inspired by Peter's first letter to the churches in modern Turkey and the practical ideas within 'Everyday Church' written by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis to the churches in modern Britain - let's rediscover Jesus' original plan for His church and see how we can be Christ and bring Christ to the communities outside our walls and beyond our Sundays.

-Ben

Everyday Church Part 01 - Everyday Community:

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Everyday Church Part 02 - Everyday Pastoral Care:

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Everyday Church Part 03 - Everyday Mission:

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Everyday Church Part 04 - Everyday Evangelism:

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