Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Socialising vs Fellowshipping

Over exam period, my life group has had a lot of dinners rather than small group discussions. I didn't go to them. I have some severe food requirements that make eating out not exactly the easiest thing in the world, but mostly I just didn't see the point. Because it wasn' fellowship. It was socialising. And to be perfectly honest, if I want to socialise, I have all of my secular friends to do that with.

That got me thinking. What exactly is the difference between fellowship and socialising?

Socialising is getting together with friends. It's catching up with them, on their news. It's fun. It often involves food.

Fellowship is much, much more. It involves building yourself and others up in God. Strengthening the weak. Building bonds of friendship that can change the world for the glory of God.

Fellowship isn't easy - that's why we so often settle for socialising. But the church is not a social club. It's the Kingdom of God, which is on the march, and forcibly advancing. And as Christ's soldiers, we need to see fellowship as a training opportunity to help us to do God's work as we carry the Good News to all the ends of the earth.

No comments: