Last week, my friend Dan and I attended a conference in Prague hosted by Acts29Europe/SOMA. It was great to spend time with 250+ European church pioneers. They say you only retain around 25% of the information at an event like this. 25% is a stretch for me so this is my attempt to regurgitate 2%.
- Theology (study of God) really does inform Orthopraxy (what you do). What you believe about what God has done in the gospel, will shape what you do. Takeaway: Be a good theologian
- There is no sacred/secular divide. Takeaway: If we really believed all of life is spiritual it would radically change our discipleship and mission
- Sunday is not primary. Jesus calls his church to be on 24/7. If you walk into most church buildings on Sunday, is it clear that there is more worth celebrating than what happens in the building? Takeaway: Define what is worth celebrating?
- Jesus calls his church to be a culture creating people. Takeaway: If you don’t intentionally work on creating a disicple-making culture you will drift into either a (1) boring culture, (2) stress culture, or a (3) cozy culture
- God’s people have always celebrated over food. (feasts, passover, Lord’s supper) Takeaway: We should be the best at throwing parties.
- In order to build, sometimes you need to deconstruct. Takeaway: We have some things we need to deconstruct that have shaped the way we do what we do that aren’t helpful (culture, traditions, sacred cows)
- You were meant to obey Jesus in the context of community. Takeaway: Learn to not only say, “What is Jesus teaching me?”, but “What is Jesus teaching us?”