We are currently a collection of people who are committed to planting a church and a crowd of people interested in planting a church. That is great and encouraging. However, a collection does not make a church. How do we get from being a smattering of people to being “a people.”
We are not the first group of people to have to figure this out. After Pentecost, the church went from 120 to 3000 in a day. These were people who had come to Jerusalem from around the Roman world and now they had this new life in Christ and….now what? What did they do?
Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” They spent time together, they built relationships, they shaped their lives through the teaching of scripture, and they worshiped and prayed. Pretty simple stuff. They did this in homes, and as it grew they managed to scale effectively. Later in the same passage, it says, “they enjoyed the favor of all the people" and "the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” As a group, people wanted to be around them, even people who still had questions about Jesus. It was an open community that others wanted to be around.
For us to go from a collected group of individuals to a missional team serving Christ together, it will take a little time and practice and a lot of effort in building relationships. But this is the most fun part of the church plant. Think about it. We get to be a part of the kind of process from which the best of stories derive. Just think of this short list of classics:
The Avengers—the moral of the story is they must defeat evil together.