A World Changing Church

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A few months ago, a family in Ethiopia started inviting people to their home to join the online service. One week, 84 were present, another week 25. God has expanded the church’s borders through technology. Many now join from around the world. The vision is for small groups to form wherever people watch, participating in worship and community together.

The church grows through worship, community, service and sharing faith. Worship unites us to praise God, focusing on His nature and character. Even when distracted or discouraged, worship can shift our hearts. Community meets needs for accountability, encouragement and help in hard times. Small groups are where true community happens. Without them, people can feel unconnected or overwhelmed.

The early church devoted themselves to worship, community, breaking bread and prayer. They worshiped at the temple and in homes, listening to the apostles’ teaching, sharing meals and praying together. They needed each other to reach the world, especially when facing persecution. Like redwood trees with intertwining roots, Christians need each other for stability and strength.

We must reboot by clearing our minds and refocusing on Christ. Together, we must go back to our roots and remember our purpose. God will use us to bring salvation to all people, as we follow the model of the early church. May God continue to move powerfully among us.


Acts 2:42, Ephesians 5:19, 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 10:25

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