In my last post I mentioned that I understood the multi-site concept of church for the first time. I mean, I got it before. It was so you could go in your community, serve in your community, build relationships in your community, and maybe even make it a little bit convenient so you didn’t have to drive to far (that last one is for everyone, except people that live in Garner, Fuquay or Southeast Raleigh because there is nothing convenient about Summit Church to us). Love God. Love Each Other. Love Our World… in your community. Got it, right?
The current series that we are studying in small group (and Sunday morning sermons) is on Acts, titled Sent. Two weeks ago JD preached on Acts 2, after the Pentecost (which I learned about for the first time, have I really been a Christian for 14 years?) when all the people started telling the ‘mighty works of God’ (v 11) in everybody’s native language (affectionately referred to as speaking in tongues which conjures this visual of one time in Costa Rica when I ate cow tongue. So I tried to avoid saying/reading that phrase at all costs because it just takes me to a place I never want to go again). This blog post is not about this event, but JD made such an awesome point about how that event shows without doubt that the Gospel, is for everyone. Every culture, every language. No culture is the right one. Jesus’ sacrifice is for all cultures, all languages. So powerful! Anywho, again, not about that, so moving on.
At the end of Acts 2 we get a glimpse of what the early church was like. Jesus had ascended into heaven at the end of Acts 1 and Peter preached a mighty sermon, which I envision him kind of bellowing out Southern Gospel Style in verse 24, “God raised him up[!] loosing the pangs of death[!] because it was not possible for him to be held by it[!] [Can I get an aaaaaamen?]” and pumps everybody up about being witnesses to his resurrection and fulfillment of God’s promise. Next steps? Repent & be baptized in the name of Jesus so your sins are forgiven. [We are free!]
My newfound understanding of the multisite concept is bolded below:
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Our church, our sweet church that meets in North Raleigh, North Durham, Brier Creek, West Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and en Español is this church. Our small group is this church. We meet together. We serve each other. We serve our communities (our particular group spreads from Benson to Knightdale and everywhere in between). Our hearts are so glad!
Summit Church is not self-seeking, a massive corporation looking to shutdown the little guys, as I once thought. It is a small church, a small group that exploded, just like the early church did and they are running as fast as they can to accommodate those that are being saved and that are being added to their number day by day. So, we became “members” or whatever (I’m not really in to labels).
How marvelous, how wonderful!