People have very kind been asking how our first meeting went last Sunday. Under God, we had a good start. The best thing was the way everyone was using their different gifts: whether it was welcoming newcomers, making coffee, packing a trailer or having the whole church back for lunch!
Jesus is building his church, his gathering, and he is doing it in and through the work of his people – through our prayerful speaking of his word to each other and to those outside. This is why Paul tells us that when we get together all things are to be done for edification, for building (). Unfortunately, we keep attaching the word ‘up’ to the word ‘building’, which is quite unnecessary, and makes it sound like it is only about encouraging Christians. The word just means ‘building’. You can build up, you can build out, you can build in, but everything is done for building. So when an outsider is in our midst, and he hears the word of God intelligibly spoken, and is convicted—he is being built (in this case we might say built ‘in’ to Christ’s gathering rather than ‘up’).