February 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am
A twenty-something Christian (or as I like to refer to them, “ChristOnes”) asked me about firepit Christ-follower gatherings…how does that work? These vary, but at their best, are contagious examples of groups being the body of Christ in a very relational atmosphere. A fire seems to open people up.
Naturally, every group eats in this setting (hotdogs, burgers, or just coffee & snacks). Part of sharing life is eating and laughing together.
For a healthy balance it seems good for a “firepit church” (pardon all puns) to include some elemental basics in what they do together over a months time. Perhaps there will be variations of the following.
1. Be genuine friends
One industrial technician asks his home-group two questions every Friday night, “Where have you seen God at work this week?” and “What is your greatest need right now?” All sorts of honest, practical, funny, deep responses are shared, along with smiles, hugs, prayer, and helping hands. He says the group refuses to cancel or miss their Friday nights together.
2. Take time to be transparent about your faith, both mountain-tops & faith valleys
Group-talk about your walk with Christ during the past week. Ask someone to share their journey to God occasionally.
Maybe the other basics need to happen the next time you meet. Be Holy-Spirit-led rather than driven by a list of things you want to cover with the group.
3. Dialogue about a Bible passage
Pick a few practical verses from Philippians, Matt.5-7, Proverbs, Psalms and let everybody in the group say what it reveals to them about God, others, life, or themselves. The Bible will come alive and give light for living.
4. Give others a hand up
Look for ways to be Christ’s touch and compassion in your slice of the world. There is plenty of hurt, hunger, and brokenness out there. Make a difference together.
Critical note: Before you gather a group of ChristOnes & friends for this kind of church find yourself a “Paul” to give you wise-counsel & prayer support. 2 Tim. 2:2 is still God’s way.
P.S….candles, fireplaces, or kitchen tables work as well as firepits.
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