Radical Community | Part 1

Acts 2:42-47 ESV

 

 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

 

This blog is going to the first in a series of blogs that focus on “Radical Community for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom” at LCF church. We are going to spend the next few weeks looking at various aspects of Acts 2 and how we can apply this text to our lives today. I truly believe that as we submit ourselves to the will of God, we will see our lives transformed and our communities redeemed. 

 

This passage starts with three main themes that mark the life of the new testament believer. We are to be devoted to the apostles teaching, fellowship and the breaking of bread, and prayer. 

 

First, we are to be devoted to the apostle’s teaching. That means that you and I are people that submit ourselves to the word of God. At LCF, we are a people that find our place under the authority of the word of God. We do not bear weight on the word of God, but the word of God bears weight on us. We are to be devoted to the reading of scripture. 

 

Secondly, we are to be a people who fellowship and break bread together. This means that we have to spend time with one another. We make places in our day for believers and take intentional steps to be in community with one another. 

 

Lastly, you and I are called to be people of prayer. We believe in a God that moves on behalf of His children. We also believe in the truth of the word that communicates this idea: we are accepted and invited into the presence of God. Therefore, we are a people of prayer. We pray at all times, believing that God hears, sees and moves in His wisdom and might. 

 

These three things are the beginning and also the foundation for what it means to be a radical community for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom.

Justin  

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UPDATE: Packing Party 2016

We are so thrilled to announce that our kids and youth were able to pack 120 BOXES for Operation Christmas Child at our 2016 Packing Party!! 

We just wanted to share a highlight video from the night so that if you weren't able to make it, you can see what we did and hopefully it will make you want to join us next year!

To those of you who helped out at the Packing Party, to those who donated money to purchase items to pack boxes, to those who donated money to help cover shipping costs...

THANK YOU!

We couldn't have pulled this off without all of your help. These boxes are changing lives and here at LCF Church we are always excited about spreading the Gospel!

If you would like to pack your own box this year, please feel free to do so! We will be collecting boxes at the church on November 13th and 20th. There are extra boxes or you can use any regular size empty shoebox. Hop over to Samaritan's Purse to get more information about their ministry and how to pack a shoebox!

Operation Christmas Child | 2016 Packing Party

We are so excited to announce that KidJam/KidStuf and Uturn are partnering up to do Operation Christmas Child this fall! As we study the Bible we see that God talks about giving rather than receiving, loving our neighbors, and acting out our faith. What better way to teach our children about giving and loving people than by packaging shoeboxes for kids all around the world to receive for Christmas!

Each week we will be sending home a themed packing list of items that your child can bring the following Wednesday or Sunday. We hope you have a blast with your kids talking about why we give. Involve them in the shopping process and pray over the kids that will receive the items!

On Wednesday, November 2nd we will have a Packing Party with KidJam + Uturn! Our Uturn students will help the kids pack their own box and write a letter to the child who will receive their box. Leaders will also be taking a Polaroid photo of each kid to include with the letter. Often recipients of the boxes will write back thanking you so be sure to remember to send your child with their mailing address that evening. We would love for parents to join us this night! Our goal is for LCF Church to pack 200 boxes so please join us for a night of fun!


[[Operation Christmas Child - Weekly Themed Packing List]]
Wednesday, October 19th- Let’s Get Healthy
Sunday, October 23rd- Study, Study, Study!
Wednesday, October 26th- Accessorize!
Sunday, October 30th- Play Time!
Wednesday, November 2nd- $7 per child OR any extras!


**Please note, do NOT bring the following items:
-used or damaged items
-war-related items (toy guns, knives, or military figures)
-out-of-date candy; no chocolate or food
-liquids or lotions
-medications or vitamins
-breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers
-aerosol cans


Get more info at www.samaritanspurse.org and join our Church Event on Facebook for all the latest updates! Be sure to invite your friends!

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