This is an exercise to help leaders think through a grid of what your community’s life in the gospel and on mission could look like. This is a time to reflect on what is, what could be, and what can change. It is based on this article about life together. The goal of this exercise isn’t to have more events, but to course-correct or re-shape your community’s culture and to help you lead your community in balance beyond being a prayer group, bible study, or dinner party.

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. Acts 2:42-47

Community Life in the Gospel and on Mission

What do you see these folks doing?  Make a list.

 

What happens?

 

Why do you think they did these things?

What does life together look like for your community? How can you strike a balance with the things mentioned in Acts 2 in the weekly, day-to-day, life of your community?

What prevents your community from living this sort of life together?

Eating

How are you breaking bread? How can you eat with glad and generous hearts? How can you remember Christ as you eat? How can the gospel become more clear as you share a meal with folks?

How often should you get together to share a meal during the week? What could it look like for your community to engage in meals regularly? You can have meals of different sizes, too–not everyone needs to be there all the time. Most people eat 21 meals a week. How could your community sharing them?

Learning

What is the “Apostles teaching” you are committing to listen to and learn from these days?

Is there something specific your community needs to learn? Is there a passage of scripture your community needs to study and apply? How can you learn the story of Jesus? Where could you be be reminded, through the scriptures, of who God is and what he has done?

Prayer

What could prayer look like in your community? How can you create space to pray for:

  • Heart transformation?
  • City Transformation?
  • Belief and Grace?

How can your community pray when you aren’t together?

Inviting Others In

How can your neighbors, co-workers, friends get to see and participate in this good family?

How can people on the outside experience the life of your community?

When can those exploring the faith get to participate in the life of your community?

What is Next?

After processing all of these questions, what areas do you need to focus on? What areas are you strong? What areas are underdeveloped? Make a list of simple next steps under each area to move toward life-on-life community.

Brad A. Watson serves as a pastor of Bread&Wine Communities in Portland, Oregon where he develops, coaches, and trains leaders to form communities that love God and serve the city. Brad is passionate about helping people live lives that reflect their belief and hope in Jesus. He lives in southeast Portland with his wife and their three kids.