TiO 15 – Alpha – Church: Welcome Home

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The Main Idea

What is the church? There are so many ideas about what the church is. This week Todd talks about some of those.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: What do you remember most about the home where you grew up?

Q2: If you had to choose between two houses that had the same square footage, would you choose one that was high or wide?

Q3: More land or more house? Explain your preference. 

The Word

Read the scripture aloud: Genesis 28:16-17 

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

The church is the community of God: the place where God lives and the body through which he works. But how it actually looks depends on the vision of the people who gather. We must all see our responsibility to ensure that the church, in this case, the gathered community called Riverwood, displays the characteristics that Todd spoke about: acceptance, holiness, unity, and mission.

Q1: Which of the four characteristics do you have the most difficulty working out in the church community called Riverwood? What makes that difficult for you?

Q2: What part of the mission of the church are you most passionate about? What are you doing to see that mission realized?

Pray for Riverwood, that we would be able to show to the world acceptance, holiness, unity, and the mission of Jesus.

Pray for each other as you acknowledge the areas in which you are weak and where you need the strength of Jesus, through the church, to help you.

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