Yesterday’s sermon at IBC – given by Carlton Deal of The Well – was a timely challenge to us, especially during this time of transition. Just how do we do church at IBC? When we say “church”, what do we actually mean? Is it according to the scriptures? Carlton took us through three Bible passages (Matthew 16:13-20; Acts 2:42-47; and Ephesians 4:11-16) and challenged us to rethink what church actually – and practically – means to us. You are greatly encouraged to listen to Carlton’s sermon again. And either in your homegroup or individually, you might like to think about these questions:
- Keeping in mind the meaning of the word ‘ecclesia‘ (a called out community of free citizens acting responsibly together under God’s authority for the affairs of his eternal kingdom) what are the essentials of ‘church’?
- What could you take away from our traditional understanding of church and it still be the church? What should be added?
- What are the observable faith practices of IBC? (compare to Acts 2:42-47)
- Of the 5 gifts listed in Ephesians 4:11-16, which do you see most evident at IBC? Can you give examples of people in whom you see those gifts in operation?
- What would it look like to restore Ensor’s ‘Christ’s Entry into Brussels’ painting so that Jesus is truly Lord at the center of the city?
This is Ensor’s ‘Christ’s Entry in Brussels’ painting (click for a larger view):