Tricia and I have now spent a year in simple, organic church community. We are in a house church and have started other simple churches. We are learning so many things we never knew before, as we both spent our lives in larger, organized churches, where learning these types of things are less common.
Here is one really awesome thing we are learning:
We all carry portions of God's heart for each other. There are oftentimes things that you are carrying in your heart for others that God wants you to deliver to them. And this is church! This is encourgament. This is mutual edification. This is the building up of the body of Christ.
What does this look like?
Simple. Create permission and space for people to walk around the room or share across the circle what God may be saying. It could be:
- A word
- A vision
- A picture
- A verse
- An affirmation
- An encouragment
- A hug
Just last night we were at an All Nations worship gathering that lasted about 2 hours. Throughout the evening I had words of enouragement for 5 different people- several of which were rather prophpetic and confirming some major stuff in people. And all evening I watched the body of Christ roam the room spaking portions of God's heart over each other!! It was so beautiful. There was joy. There were tears. It is what the Body of Christ SHOULD be doing.
But, are we? Are you? Is your church?
If not, can I encourage you to start speaking up. I would say that at least once a week you should be downloading some of God's heart into someone else. If we don't do it, who will?
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up!" I Thess. 5:11