Church around the Table

Church gathering around the Table is not unprecedented – the first ever church is described in Acts as being “devoted to teaching, eating and praying together in their homes.”

The table is the centre of the home and a place we invite people to. It’s a place of nourishment, conversation, connection, communication and communion. The table was often at the centre of Jesus’ ministry with weddings and wine, friends and feasting, disciples and foot washing. And the table is the centre of family – a word that is often used to describe Gods family, the church.

You are invited to take a seat and discover again the importance of the table – realising that although we may gather in separate homes, we worship one God.  Grab a journal, a drink and a bible and spend some time exploring the Table again.

Part 1 You are Invited

Sim Dendy

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • How do you understand the concept of “the table” literally and figuratively?
  • What does it mean to be invited to sit at Gods table?
  • Do you live your life in a way which reflects the fact that you are invited to Gods table?

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Part 2 Your Attention Please

Sim Dendy

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • Who (or what) are you giving your attention to?
  • Do you feel like what receives your attention is deliberate or accidental?
  • How could you focus more of your attention onto Jesus and less of your attention onto other distracting things?

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Part 3 The Challenge of the Table

Jo Ibbott

Further thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • What do you consider the Kingdom of Heaven to be like?
  • Who needs your time, love and attention in your place of work, school, home, family or friendship group?
  • Who could you invite to your table to hear their story, and to show them unconditional love?
  • Who is it easy to overlook because of the way they behave or the signals they give off?

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Part 4 The Cost of the Table

Ben Tanton

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • Do you think “the Church” has always made the cost of discipleship clear enough? Why might this be?
  • How could you communicate the cost of discipleship in a way which is both honest and exciting?
  • When a builder does not count the cost, or estimates it inaccurately, the building may be left half completed. Will your Christian life be only half built and then abandoned because you did not count the cost of commitment to Jesus?  What are those costs?

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Part 5 The Joy of the Table

Judith Kirkland

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • What does the word “joy” mean today and how might that be different from the “joy” described in the Bible? What sort of joy did Jesus have set before him in Hebrews 12:2?
  • Why is it so important that we remember that Jesus actually went to the cross and died for us? Do you feel that you may have lost sight of this truth to some extent?
  • What does communion mean to you? Do you think that we could make changes in the way that we observe it together?

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