Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Christians and non-Christians think about the type of Church they want. Firstly, most people want a church that isn't boring. The factors that makes it boring are the preacher, and then the music.
When we think theologically about what type of Church we want, the words of Jesus are definitive. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ... Love your neighbour as yourself." (Mark 12:30,31)
The church should have as its primary functions the task of teaching us to love God and secondly how to love others.
I believe the church, especially in the developed world, is full of teaching but not too good on delivery. People in the streets know something about Jesus but few have seen the effects of Jesus. They may believe that Jesus has something to offer, but not the church. Jesus is a good guy, but not the people in the church. This is unfortunately often true. They have the Words, but have not seen our actions. This is one of the greatest threats against the church. Teachings we can get from books, tapes, T.V. and Internet, but Fellowship (koinonia) only comes from people and the Holy Spirit.
WHAT KIND OF CHURCH WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE AROUND YOU?
I asked my wife what I must preach about this morning and she answered, "Tell them to chill-out". In other words, "Tell them to enjoy themselves and stop worrying". Sounds a bit like Jesus' teaching on worrying.
We need a church that has fun. The world often believes that one has to sin to enjoy oneself. This is not true.
We need a church where the members are good friends and enjoy being together. Jesus called his followers ‘friends’.
We need a church where people know each other well enough to be able to care for each other. Students of human behaviour and pastoral care believe it is only possible to care for about five other people apart from your family.
We need a church where there is much laughter and forgiveness. There can be no laughter without forgiveness.
We need a church where all believe that the people around us are the priority and no other issue is more important.
IT’S ALL ABOUT FELLOWSHIP - KOINONIA
One of my favourite passage is Acts 2:42: "They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship (koinonia)."
That word koinonia at it’s root, 'koinonos' means "Common, belonging equally to several". " All believers were together and had all things in common (koina)" (2:44)
We walked onto the beach the other day and saw a group of about 50 people of all ages building sand castles. Our first reaction was that they must be church people. The Church of Jesus must have a stickiness. One should always find us in clumps.
This fellowship we share is not of our own. It is not a natural friendship but a supernatural one. We share it with the Father and the Son and it comes because we believe in Him. "We proclaim what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make your joy complete". (1 John 1:3)
The source of joy is fellowship with God and others!
The fellowship we share is a welding of us to God and to each other. The welding took place at the cross.
"Is not the cup of thanksgiving .... a participation (koinonia) in the blood of Christ. And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ. Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf." (1 Corinthians 10:16,17).
That "one loaf" is not so much a bread but the person of Jesus. We partake of Him the One body broken for us to make us into one body, the Church.
Fellowship and generosity are one thing. Paul tells Timothy:
"Command them to be ... generous (koinonikous)." (1 Timothy 6:18)
Individual love for God may be strong, but lack of fellowship, participation, sharing (koinonia - Hebrews 13:16) makes God’s message to the world weak and theoretical.
We are building a fun, family church where God is loved.
Date Added: 2009-03-13
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