On Sunday night we did something radically different for church. We went down the road to an another church, Advance Church, and had church together. The River, and Advance. Together worshiping, together loving, together building the kingdom of God. The service blended River people and Advance people on stage together, with a River person doing the Advance notices, and an Advance person doing our notices. I was priv’d to speak on the offering (a rather impromptu message!) which we took up to bless our hosts. Both pastors shared and also we had short messages from two youth leaders, one theirs, and one ours. It was a phenomenal night, blending together to worship Jesus and encourage one another. There was a moment after all the messages where we prayed in groups for one another and then had a space of some free worship. It was a distinct holy moment as two became one, we were loving One Lord, we were One Body, in One Spirit, in One song with One purpose. One God. One Church – many expressions.
It’s beautiful and important to love your church. Love your church, get connected, get serving. Become a Son of the house.
It’s also beautiful and important to love the Church.
A win for another church is a win for our own church. A win for Advance Church is a win for The River. There are so many lost, hurting, hungry people in East Auckland that it will take 4000+ strong local churches to reach them all. We all have a part to play and an expression from God that will reach out and touch the world around us.
We are One Body, but with different roles and purposes.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you[ all. Ephesians 4:4-6 NKJV