NEXT: CROWDS, CREWS & CORE VALUES
Do you like to travel? How about traveling out of the country? Pastor Jesse started this week's sermon in our Next Series discussing different cultures. If you answered yes to having traveled, then you know what it is like to experience different cultures.
What makes up a culture? According to the dictionary culture is defined as the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group.
Pastor Jesse simplified the definition to language and values. Values define what we expect in our world. Example if you value hard work then you expect hard work. Value is based on a decision not a feeling or emotion.
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the LORD added to their number daily those who were being saved.
In Acts 2:41-47 culture is broken down into 4 parts:
1. The Apostle's Teaching
2. Fellowship or Life Together
3. Breaking the bread or having a shared meal
At My City Church we practice this culture each season by attending CREWS. We use the Sunday teaching to have conversations about the application of God's word vs what He is saying. We do life together, it's not just meeting up for dinner and sharing a meal, the crew leaders and the small group of people genuinely care about each other. The focus of the crews moves our focus from ME-WE-OTHERS to just the reverse: OTHERS-WE-ME
For some joining a crew starts with me, wanting to make friends or meeting new people. Then moves to we, am I accepted into this crowd of people. If the answer is yes, I belong then the focus changed to others and wanting them to join. The purpose of the crews starts with others! If we go back to the passage, the crowd of 3,000 people had to learn how to adapt to their new culture. They had to learn how to practice Gods word as a crew.
Let's move from the crowd to a crew, make sure to get connected and plug into one today! You can visit www.mycitychurch.cc/crews to learn more!