Read and learn from the journey of Milpitas Bible Fellowship, north of San Jose, CA, USA.
- A bit of church history
- Spiritual gifts in meetings
- Mutual exhortation
- Journey in Implementing Participatory Meetings
also : http://www.solidrock.net/library/anderson/essays/mbf.change.php
- [C]reate an atmosphere of freedom for body participation in the meetings of the church
Another significant change, the creation of “house churches”, came about as the result of an intense thirteen-week series on the church during the Summer of 1996. During this series it was discovered that :
- the early church met in homes (Acts 2:46; 5:42; 16:40; 20:20; 1 Cor. 16:19; Phil. 2; Col. 4:15),
- loved each other intensely (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35; 1 Thess. 4:9-10),
- spent much time with one another (Acts 2:42-47), and
- exercised their spiritual gifts to build up one another at their meetings (1 Cor. 14:26; Heb. 10:24-25).
- Additionally, the people of MBF discovered several “one another” commands in the Scriptures that were generally being ignored in the meetings of the church.
These commands included the imperatives :
- to love one another (John 13:34-35),
- serve one another (1 Pet. 4:10),
- encourage one another (1 Thess. 5:11),
- admonish one another (Rom. 15:14),
- pray for one another (James 5:16),
- be hospitable to one another (1 Pet. 4:9),
- accept one another (Rom. 15:7),
- live in peace with one another (1 Thess. 5:13),
- be subject to one another (Eph. 5:21), and
- be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10).
Let’s find God’s [new] ways to encourage each other in our faith walks and talk about the ways of God/Jesus. – joh