Expanding Community

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Andrew Simpkins
Bible verse: 
Acts 2:41-47

On Sunday we looked at “What on earth is the church about? – expanding community”.

We looked at how the church community was first established from Acts 2:42-47, Acts 4:32 and Acts 5:12-16. We saw how this was a community that was dynamic, devoted and full of power. We also saw that it had a command to go.

We saw how it was a sending community so many in the church were moving around to different places in order to plant, help establish and support churches in other places.

Looking later into Acts in chapters 19 – 21 we saw how it is also sad and even worrying when people leave the local churches in order to continue to fulfil Christ’s command to go. Looking at our own history as a church we were reminded that deep in our foundations is a call for us to establish a sending church community – building large in the Coventry area and sending folk to other towns and nations.

We therefore have to face similar issues to those in the early church – we want to continue to build a strong and growing local church, but often we will see our best people answering God’s call to go. Like the early church this may make us feel sad, but it is an inevitable part of what God calls His church to be and therefore good. 

For discussion: 

In your small groups this week you may like to consider:

  1. When God calls people to go how can we encourage them?
  2. As people go, how can those who stay respond with faith?
  3. Being part of an expanding, sending community gives many opportunities for us to step up to change what we do in order to fill the roles of those who leave. How can you do this in a way that helps to ensure we continue to fulfil our mission to build a church that reaches into Coventry, the surrounding area and even the nations beyond?