Who needs the church?
These last 15 months have been a time of huge turbulence and upheaval for the church. Not just QPBC but the global family of God. The pandemic has prevented us from meeting in familiar ways. Injustices towards the black population in the USA have rightly put racial justice on our agendas.
People are wondering about church.
- Who needs the church?
- Why do we have church and what is it for?
As we look forward to meeting again we are going to explore what the New Testament says about the church. Wherever the power of the gospel was at work in changing lives, communities of Jesus followers sprung up, worshipped, and served together. That was true then and it’s true now.
So what should church look like today?
If you were asked to draw a picture to describe the church, what would you draw? We would love to hear (or see!) what image you would use to capture why and how we gather.
The new testament authors picked a bunch of images to capture the nature and mission of the church: body, building, and bride for example.
Pictures matter, they shape our practices more than we might believe and so we are keen to know what you believe should shape our actions and what our gatherings should emphasise and look like.
Heading to Sunday
So as we head to Sunday why not email in your thoughts on what pictures and practices should inform our plans as we begin to construct our gatherings again? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Don’t forget on Sunday you can place your thoughts on the chat function on QPLive so we can pick them up live.
Talking of Sunday we are in Ephesians 2:21-22
“In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit”
When we gather Jesus promises to be amongst us by The Spirit. We meet expecting encounter with the king of kings. The community of Christians is a temple, a sacred space where God promises to dwell.
We look forward to hearing and seeing your thoughts, drawings, and hopes for how we go about meeting in order that we encounter the living God.