Another Q day down. Another half to go... Tonight, Rob Bell shared (yes, more than 18 minutes...) and then led us into a time of communion. As usual, Rob was excellent and challenged us with some great thoughts on the Eucharist. Here are a few notes:
EU (Good) CHARIS (Gift/Grace) EUCHARIST
The Eucharist is usually thought of as a ritual in which we acknowledge and reflect on this good gift of God. It's seen as a "thing" you do... But what if the Eucharist were to become a whole way of life?
A leader's life is an endless process of constantly being broken and poured out.
The Eucharist is not just a ritual - it is a whole way of life.
A church is invited to be a Eucharist to its community - broken and poured out...
The church is the only organization that exists for the benefits of it's non-members.
Does the church exist for its own ego or as a good gift for the world?
Luke 22:18 - "Do this in remembrance of me."
What if Jesus was using this in a broader sense of saying, "Do this (what you see ME DOING) in remembrance of me?" ...an invitation to be a living eucharist for the world we live in.
Too often, we try to reproduce another church's Eucharist without being broken or poured out. The reason it worked there in the first place was because SOMEONE poured out. So we need to ask the question: What does it mean for me to be a Eucharist to these people (in our communities/culture) here and now?
A question they have been asking at Mars Hill: If our church was removed from our community, who would protest?
What does it mean to be a "good gift" to our community?
There is always a cost... If Eucharist is "pouring out" you must allow time to pour back in.
It’s not about innovation – it’s about incarnation. It’s not about strategy – it’s about service. It’s not programmatic – it’s personal.
Keys to changing culture: humility, integrity, generosity, civility, clarity/simplicity
Humility is not about denying our strengths, it’s about admitting our weaknesses.
Most churches would rather be cute (creative) than effective.
You cannot predict the future, but we can know that the world will change at a more rapid pace. So instead of looking at what will be different, let’s look at what will never change and build our ministries on that.
Simple doesn't mean shallow - it means understandable.