To help prepare our heads and hearts for our upcoming series in 2 Corinthians, watch Philip briefly share how we can understand 2 Corinthians and how it speaks to us today.
At the start of the year we ran an event called Village Boot Camp. It was an opportunity for us to think through the Sunday gathering, why we do what we do, and how we do it – as well as providing some hands-on training for certain areas of serving at church.
As Village continues to grow, we thought it best to try to capture what was discussed at Boot Camp and in conversation with one another who attended. What follows is our best attempt to provide a Style Guide for how we lead and participate in the formal part of our Sunday gathering. It’s not perfect, but it’s designed in part to capture and implement the “feel” of Village Church, as well as providing us all with a biblical foundation for our gathered worship.
So if you’re someone who’s involved in music, MCing, preaching, praying or reading the Bible up the front – or you’re just curious as to what sort of biblical conviction or thought process goes into shaping our order of service – then please download our Sunday Serving Guide (by clicking this link) and have a read!
Jesus and Change
Apart from the unfortunate incident with Ananias and Sapphira, and a few pieces of brutal persecution from the outside world, the early church community is often pictured as idyllic. Rapid growth, open acceptance, a communal lifestyle evidenced by dynamic Gospel focused times of gatherings.
Over the past couple of years Village Church has changed. It still has the same biblical mandate and focus that existed when we first started – to grow followers of Jesus in inner city Brisbane – and the same DNA that shapes how and why we do things. But Village has changed in size, in make–up, in what we run, who we run it for, how you might be engaged with it and probably a hundred other little ways only you might notice. Some of these changes you might rejoice in. Others you might not. But as with any question we face as Christians, the question worth considering is:
As Christians and a Christian community, how do we grapple with and understand change?
Having done the first half of Acts this year, I want to explore this question from Acts 10–11. What we’ll see is the challenges we’re experiencing, while hard, are nothing new. But the ultimate challenge (as seen in the early church) is working out how the Gospel transforms how we view and react to these changes.
There’s three parts to this discussion.
The first part was already published as a PDF, but if you haven’t read it, you can see it here.