“What is the Occasion,” a gentleman inquired.
My team was having a gathering in the park. Everyone was welcomed. Free food. Groceries giveaway. Gently used clothes. Inflatables for the kids. Cotton Candy for the kids and kids at heart. Live entertainment.
So when the gentleman asked the occasion, I was at a loss for words.
Do we need an occasion to show the love of God? Do we need a reason to gather together from different ethnicities, faiths, cultures, denominations and celebrate Jesus? Do we need a reason to be His hands, His voice, His love?
There was a party everywhere Jesus went. People gathered to hear his teaching, to find freedom, healing, to feel loved. He fed them when necessary. He went to parties given by sinners and felt at home. Jesus didn’t need an occasion to love people.
Why does His church?
The second question that stumped me yesterday was, “What church is this?” Actually, I get this question quite often.
We are not a church that follows the “American Church Model”. We don’t have a building. We don’t have a weekly meeting. We are not concerned with growing a congregation and we don’t hire “professional ministers.”
We are just friends who regularly pool our resources and venture out to love others and preach the gospel. We are a mult-cultural, multi-denominational, body intent upon doing good in our communities. We allow everyone to “play” according to their gifts. We don’t divide by politics but we are united by one thing: Jesus Christ.
What church is this? We are THE church Jesus commanded us to be. Diverse. Loving. Generous.
If you are interested in joining our community, come and participate or start your own movement in your community.
You don’t need a title or an occasion to love people. You don’t need permission or a 503c to do what God has put on your heart to do. You have been given every spiritual blessing!
We are the Church. Jesus is the occasion.
“I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.””
John 13:34-35 NASB2020