A Normal Church

(This text is lifted from this website – I loved this article so much I decided to repost it here… but it’s so LONG (6 pages long when I printed out the article in Word) that I decided to whet your appetite with the first ‘page’ and put a link to the rest of the article here.)

There is a story about a city. There is only one church in this city. In this particular town, there are anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 people who are all part of the same church. This is an entire network of Christian people.

The fellowship they have with one another is completely overlapping. Every person does not know or fellowship with every other person, there are too many people for that to happen. But everyone knows and fellowships with someone, who knows and fellowships with someone else. The entire church meets and gathers in homes, in parks, in various restaurants for lunches and coffee, and often you can find them at the nearby lake for weekend camping. This vast network of people are gathering together and sharing life together in many different ways.

Seven days a week, during any evening, you can visit a number of homes in this town and find Christians gathered together. There are meetings and gatherings every single night, and you are welcomed to go to any one of them, at any time you want. They are worshipping Jesus in these meetings. They are sharing, praying, teaching, operating in their gifts, and intensely supporting one another’s personal lives.

Besides the daily gatherings, about once a month, the entire church gathers together outside at the city park for a giant picnic. This scene is incredible. There are people scattered everywhere throughout the city park. The park is completely full of people. There are, what looks to be, 2 acres of table cloths and blankets spread all over the ground. Everyone brings their own food. After a while, everyone begins to move into groups of 10 to 20 people to visit and pray for one another. This all day meeting in the city park starts around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. By 6 p.m. that evening, it is still going strong.

At 6 p.m., around dusk at the park, there are still 10 or 12 Christians gathered around and talking while on the tail gate of a pick-up truck. There are also 8 or 9 ladies sitting in lawn chairs together nearby. There are still children running and playing. For the last couple of hours, there has been a children’s game of ball over at one end of the park with about 15 adults standing around visiting while the kids play.

When this monthly, city wide church meeting in the park is over, everyone goes back to their homes to resume their weekly activities of work, family time, and church life all during the week.

There is nothing to identify this vast network of Christians, other than the relationships they have. There is no name for this massive group. There is no sign posted anywhere. There is no building. There is no leader. But many people lead….

(If you’ve read this long, and you want to read the rest, don’t bother going back up to the top… just read the rest here! I do think about my readers!)

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4 Responses

  1. This is the way church was meant to be, before we perverted it with our “good” intentions and have become like the world!

  2. The link has changed a little. The new link to the article is:

    http://homechurchhelp.com/what-a-normal-church-looks-like

  3. The link has changed a little.

    Here is the new link http://homechurchhelp.com/what-a-normal-church-looks-like

    • Thank you so much! I will update my links.

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