Church Lounge: My Church is on my sofa

In the next of the “Church Lounge” series, Aidan from the More Than Brothers Blog introduces us to The Jesus Army:

My Church is on my sofa. My church has gone sofar.

I believe that the original Church in Jerusalem is our best model for a Kingdom of Heaven shaped society, the most direct demonstration of the body of Christ, because it’s the one that the Holy Spirit initiated at Pentecost before anyone had any idea of what Church was supposed to be like; it’s where it’s at! The first 3120-ish men and women were filled with the Holy Spirit with Jesus’ words and life still in their heads, in their hearts. The core 120 of them knew him as man to man. They knew his heart for humanity and his intention for his people, and from that sprang the community that we call Church.

So what was the early Church like? We’re told the early Church was “of one heart and soul”, so much so, they made a thing of selling their valuable assets (Tithing? So Old Testament. Chuck it all in!) They put the proceeds at the feet of the Apostles for them to distribute to the poor. This was so successful that it was said “there were no needy people among them”! Talk about Christian praxism & charity, eh!

Another thing I’ve noticed from reading Acts is that the Church would regularly meet in the homes of it’s members. In fact, it seems that the extended households of that culture were each ‘Churches’ in each City. There’s fifteen direct references to the church in the home in the NT, from:

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts”

and then further on:

“Likewise greet the church that is in their house”

Up until persecution broke out after Steven’s stoning public spaces were important gathering points for Jerusalem’s household-Churches, so we do see a good case for mass fellowship gatherings. However, Churches were primarily house-based, as they shared their most important meal together, the agape communion meal, in their houses.

My third thought on the example we have of Church is that Jesus himself said that when a couple of people are gathered in his name, he’s there too. So according to Jesus, a bunch of Jesus-people together is all it takes to be a Church. No bells & whistles, no incense or lecterns, no big screens, fancy lights or drumkits. Though all of these can be useful, like the temple courts they’re not what the Church is made up of, they’re just useful.

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Weekly RoundUp: The End (of the News Of )The World Edition

Wow… The blogosphere has been CRAZY busy this week:

Weekly RoundUp – Dear Mr Driscoll

Its Saturday. Its time for the Church Sofa Weekly roundup:

The Weekly Roundup: The Nooooooooooooooo Edition

Heres the random collections of bits and pieces that makes up this weeks roundup:

The Weekly RoundUp: The Silly Social Media Edition

Well its been a quiet week on the Sofa – mostly because we’ve not had a chance to sit on it much.But we’ve still been watching…Here’s some of the best blogs / websites we’ve found this week:

Ben Sheward – Hero of The Week

We’re going to start a new weekly* series called Hero / Villain of the week. Basically people would be a hero if they did something particularly cool, something note worthy… in a positive way… If someone is awarded “Villain” they just made us wince, sigh, or just shout out “DOH”.

We’re starting with Ben Sheward a verger at Westminister Abbey, who after a successful royal wedding, did cartwheels down the centre aisle. In my mind he managed to show great joyful emotion from the Westminister Abbey crew, sum up the mood of a nation, and provide a fantastic comedy moment at the same time.

Here is that moment:

Sorry about Phillip Schofield.

*We say “weekly” – we may not do another one for months…

[EDIT – 2nd May] Sadly it seems our hero has been looked upon as a Villain by the powers that be, and has been in trouble for showing joy… the Arch Bishop Cranmer is collecting a petition together in his support. May be worth checking it out… Please…

Hello. Our Church is still a Mac.

With thanks to @gerrarrdus here are a few more:

  1. Everyone in it thinks its great. Everyone else is kinda confused by it.
  2. The Church leader wears dorky clothes and is uncomfortable around women* (can be confused with fundamentalist Baptists)
  3. When it gets hot, you find out people dont know how to use windows properly.

*[Editors Note – Can also be applied to plenty of PC owners / churches as well]

Any more. Please feel free to leave a comment below:

Are You Religious?

I love this from ASBOJesus:

I dont just duck it, I dive and jump away from it. I get my head down and run away from that question. Quite simply because I dont think I know what it really means. In my mind at least, it means that I go to Church every Sunday, and follow a bunch of rules about what I should and shouldn’t do.

I like to think its more about a relationship with God then anything else.

Maybe one day I’ll stop the ducking and diving, and actually answer the above question.

If you answer it, how do you answer “Are you Religious?”

Why church pews are better then chairs.

Why church pews are better then chairs.

  1. We know what to expect when we walk into the church hall.
  2. Solid climbing frame.
  3. Mini race tracks.
  4. Easier to keep track of ‘your pew’
  5. You can talk for ages after the service and not have anyone try and stack your pew away from under you.
  6. You can save your chewing gum for next time.
  7. A handy shelf for supplies like bibles, song books, notice sheets, coke, and chocolate.
  8. Put a few cushions down, get a blanket, and you’ve got yourself somewhere to kip.
  9. If you have doors on the end of the pews, you could charge people access rights to your pew.
  10. “Best burning material since we burned the cat.”

Any other reasons why pews work better then chairs?