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):
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The end of the sermon really spoke to me, as well, with the James Ensor painting insert. We saw that painting in LA where it is permanently (at the Getty Museum) and it made such an impact after learning about the meaning behind it.
I loved the sermon very much given by Carlton Deal last Sunday, although my Pastor in the Philippines taught us clearly this very important meaning about the word ‘‘ecclesia‘’ ( the called out ones… not the building, not the meeting place) but it’s US, whom believed, accepted, and trusted, saved and secured, we are paid in full by God’s grace through faith in Him by the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour on the cross…(the only way of our sins forgiveness) God the Father in heaven’s most amazing and greatest precious gift to all mankind for our reconcilation, redemption and the only way to our salvation. It is so good and we are so blessed to hear this matter again and again. I’m so happy that here in IBC, we are doing the biblical pattern, doctrines and practices very carefully.