VII Recap: To be weird and not religious

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24-25

The Holy Spirit wants to move in a mighty way every week, and we want to try our best to let Him, even if it means completely disregarding our plan for the night and making everyone a little uncomfortable. You know, the good stuff comes when we all get a little weird together.

The sermon this week was entitled “HOME.” Jordan talked about the importance of a community of love. He reminded us that our darkest, loneliest times are when we are alone:

If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (Ecclesiastes 4:10)

Loneliness has a way of blinding us to the truth and making us feel hopeless, but by God’s sweet design, our brothers and sisters in Christ know just what we need to pick us up. That’s why we need them. And since we’re going to know them for a long time, on heaven and earth, we might as well get comfortable with them now. The best way to establish this intimacy is to break out of our individual comfort zones--break out to let others in!  

On Thursday, we broke out (and broke in) by building a wall of worshippers. Arm in arm, we stood at the front of the room together--one heart, one mind, one God who is worthy to see His children unified. The enemy was probably shaking in his boots. To get a little weirder, we paired off to pray with a person we had never met before. Across the sanctuary, people left their favorite pews in the back and on the far sides to meet a stranger in the middle. God was eager to help us connect: we heard stories afterward of people meeting new friends and praying with someone in a similar season. Others shared visions of us welcoming more and more people into our HOME body.

As a community, we are in the process of breaking off a spirit of religiosity. We are all too familiar with immaculate “spiritual” settings and seamlessly run services, and even more so with the way we feel in those “religious” settings. We feel like we need to meet a standard, maybe like we need to look like someone else. We don’t feel free to be. And we don’t feel at home. Judging by the show of hands from service on Thursday, most of us have felt the weight of this religious spirit.

We don’t want to feel religious anymore. We want to feel at home--in our services and with the people God gave us. If you also desire a community to spur you on toward love, a community that has nothing to offer but love, pray for HOME. And come to HOME.

Love,

The HOME Downtown Team

Jordan Serio