“What is Church, anyways?” After having concluded that the Church isn’t an event, an activity, a sermon or a pastor, music or a building, and rediscovering in the Scriptures that the Church is actually the “body of Christ,” the family of people who have been drawn into His Story and redeemed by faith through His grace, we went back to the drawing board.
In the book of Acts we find that the disciples met not only in the Temple, but daily in each others homes and everyday life. They formed a living community, not out of guilty obligation, but out of sincere and faithful love for one another. This living, loving, and growing community is the Church.
So, if the Church is not a place, but a people – a Gospel-people – the second question arose: “Why have we made ‘church’ all about buildings and Sunday ‘services’?” From the plain reading of Scripture, this one is not so easy to answer. There are many different ways of “doing” Church – and most church leaders would agree there is no “One Size Fits All” when it comes to church methods. The one measuring rod we can use to be sure we are on the right path is a good study of the New Testament.
From reading the Bible, we’d probably conclude that Church looks more like a family. We might draw the conclusion that the Church should be a community of people who love Jesus so much that loving His people comes a bit more naturally. And we’d probably conclude that our mission – with Jesus – is to make disciples in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit by teaching them all about the Good News (the Gospel)! Yes, we’ll gather on Sundays. In fact, our Sunday celebrations will reflect our values and vision. We’ll worship in song, partake in communion, study the Scriptures, eat together, share testimonies, play together, and of course we’ll pray together and for one another. But this is just one expression of BEING the church. Tapestry will be much more than a service.
Ask yourself, “What would it look like if every member of the Body of Christ actually believed and lived like they were God’s missionary people sent by Jesus and empowered and led by the Spirit to make disciples who make disciples in their own city?” That’s what we want Tapestry to look like. Are you ready to join the adventure?