Last night we hung out with four people who are interested in doing life together in community and seeing a new church sprout. Two others couldn’t make it (one was sick, the other was out of state for a graduation). It was really cool to see people who didn’t know each other before the night started begin to form friendships over some good food and good conversation.
The four that could join us tonight were all “exceptions to the rule”: people who’ve been in church for awhile. What is cool is this–they’re not along for the ride because they’re disgruntled. They’re coming along because they get it–church isn’t about the hype of a Sunday morning service; church isn’t an event but a lifestyle. One couple is moving from Tennessee so that the wife can go to grad school. They’re coming from a decent sized church plant and have seen the cons of a traditionally structured church plant, which we got to talk about before everyone else arrived.
I spent about five minutes laying some groundwork. Tonight’s get-together was the first of what will become a weekly thing–the community getting together to hang out, eat together, converse, and bring other people who are far from God (who will start experiencing the life of the community before they become a part of it). As this weekly thing becomes regular, we’ll start to impliment some simple discipling along with serving our community. The last thing that will develop is a weekly gathering where we study Scripture together, celebrate the Lord’s Supper (as a full meal), pray, challenge, and encourage each other.
So if you would, pray for us as we begin this journey. Pray for Trevor and Rachel as they look for jobs and housing today, and as they contemplate getting involved with us. Pray for Evan and Katie as they finish the school year–and Katie will be baptized later this evening (sweet!). And pray for our other two people who are interested–that one will get over this cold bug, and the other will have safe travel back from her trip.
God is moving in G-Vegas!