Before 52 Churches, we visited a Messianic Jewish congregation: Jews who believe in Jesus as their Jewish savior, mixing Hebrew tradition with Christian faith. Recalling our time with this first Messianic Jewish congregation, I add another one to my list.
Consider these three discussion questions about Church 71.
1. Meeting Saturday evenings, the service at this first church involved time for worship and teaching. They concluded with a potluck, sharing food with a Jewish flair.
Besides a shared meal, how else can we foster spiritual community?
2. With some parts of the service in Hebrew, worshiping God in another tongue brought a freshness to me. Their unfamiliar traditions strangely energized me.
How can we keep our relationship with God fresh and invigorating?
3. Their worship space was in the basement of a Protestant church. This was ideal, since neither group used the facility at the same time.
In what creative ways can we find worship space for ourselves or provide it to others?
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.